A Brief Note On Jim Carmichael : A Leader Who Cast A Long Shadow For Many Years

942 WordsJul 13, 20164 Pages
WOOSTER — Jim Carmichael was a leader who cast a long shadow for many years at the local, county and state levels, said Ron Amstutz, a friend and state representative. Carmichael, a county commissioner, former mayor of Shreve and a former state representative, died Wednesday. He was 76 years old. Carmichael’s public sector service sort of mirrored his private sector career path. He worked 32 years with Dominion East Ohio Gas Co., starting as a meter reader and working his way into a leadership position as a district manager. Similarly, his political career began by serving as mayor of Shreve from 1971-1979, and he rose in the ranks, eventually being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he was named a chairman of the State Government Committee in his first term. He became the majority whip for the Republican party at the Capitol and assistant floor leader. He served from 2001-2009. "Jim Carmichael served his community well and was a positive force no matter what role he played for his party and community," Gov. John Kasich said. Despite his rise in state partisan politics, Carmichael never forgot from where he came. He would meet and have breakfast with friends from his high school days every week or go out on a double date with his wife, Carolyn, and close friends just about every week. “Jim loved being a public servant, and that was reflected in his work ethic and commitment to the people he served,” said Tom Niehaus, former Ohio Senate president. The two
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