Tuscarawas County Commissioner Kerry Metzger recently announced his plans to retire from elected public office at the end of his current term as commissioner.

"It is my intent to fulfill my obligation, as county commissioner, to the citizens of Tuscarawas County for which they elected me," said Metzger. " My last day in office will be on December 31, 2018.

"It has been both an honor and a privilege to have served and represented the citizens of Tuscarawas County in elected office these past 30 years. I am humbled by the confidence the voters of Tuscarawas County have had in me to represent their interests over the past 3 decades for which I am eternally grateful," Metzger added.

He has served in elected office since 1987 when he was first elected to New Philadelphia City Council and then as president of council. From there, he was elected to serve in Ohio’s House of Representatives as state representative from the 97th House District for the next eight years.

For the past 15 years, he has served in his current position as county commissioner.

"As I move into the next phase of my life, I am looking forward to spending more time with family, especially with my granddaughter, Tessa. I also want to travel and to pursue my interest in history. Since both my wife and son had contracted Lyme disease years ago, I want to utilize my political skills I have obtained in elected office, to advocate for education and awareness of Lyme disease and to lobby our state government for laws which will help ease the burden of those afflicted with this terrible, life-changing disease deal with on a daily basis." said Metzger.