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Miamisburg, Ohio – Sept. 24, 2018:  Dick Church, Jr., the longest-serving mayor in Miamisburg history, formally announced today that he will retire at the end of 2019 when his current term expires.  His time in that office will total 28 years when he departs.

“I have felt for some time that this would be my final term, and the time is right to make that decision public,” Mayor Church said.  “I have great respect for this office, and I want to give potential candidates plenty of time to consider a decision to run.”

Mayor Church, a Democrat, was a retired local business owner when he first entered public office as a member of Miamisburg City Council in 1988.  Four years later, he ran for mayor and defeated incumbent Don Lucas by 27 votes.  As mayor-elect, however, he had little time to celebrate.  Before he was sworn-in to his first term, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to decommission its Mound Laboratory, which was Miamisburg’s largest employer.  Mound’s closure and reuse was an issue that would dominate nearly 20 years of his tenure.

“The Mound issue was extremely difficult and important for Miamisburg,” Mayor Church said.  “When the federal government resisted our attempt to reverse their decision, we decided we were going to make that lemon into lemonade and we did it.  We created a plan for reuse, we fought to get an adequate environmental cleanup for reuse and we’ve successfully transformed the site into a business park that remains an economic asset.  What this community did was unprecedented in our nation’s history.”

By diversifying its economic base, including new opportunities near the I-75 Austin interchange, and successfully nurturing expansion by Kettering Health Network on the Sycamore Medical Center campus, the City was able to overcome the loss of significant income tax revenue with the loss of Mound jobs.

Mayor Church is quick to point out the strong assistance Miamisburg received on the Mound issue from its congressional delegation during the reuse process, including U.S. Reps. Tony Hall, Mike Turner and David Hobson, along with U.S. Sens. John Glenn, Mike DeWine, George Voinovich, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.

Mayor Church said the second most significant achievement during his tenure has been the re-birth of Miamisburg’s downtown district.
“The City has devoted time and energy and resources to revitalize our historic downtown area,” he said.  “We’ve also had major investment by the private sector, and the public has responded positively.  It has become a popular destination for shopping, dining and recreation.

“I have had the pleasure of working with great people in our local government, and none of these accomplishments could have happened without a strong team,” he said.  “I want to thank the City Council members who have been responsible and dedicated public servants, the professional city managers I’ve served with and our outstanding employees.”

Mayor Church also noted that he is especially proud of the cooperative partnerships the City has enjoyed with Miamisburg City Schools, Miami Township and the local business community during his career.

Miamisburg observed its Bicentennial anniversary this year, which brought an estimated 80,000 people to the community during June’s week-long celebration.  Mayor Church chaired the planning committee that worked three years on the event.

Mayor Church was active in civic matters long before seeking public office.  He served as a volunteer firefighter for five years, was a police dispatcher for one year, was a member of the City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 13 years and also served on the committee that wrote the City charter in the 1960s.

As mayor, he has been a member of many local, regional and national boards.  Currently, he is chair of four Montgomery County committees: Solid Waste District Policy Committee, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Emergency Management Executive Committee and Regional Dispatch Policy Committee.

Mayor Church is also a past potentate of Antioch Shrine Temple and has devoted much time to civic and charitable organizations over the years.  He and his wife, Dr. Judi Church, have been married 51 years.  Dr. Church has had a lengthy career in the nursing field and has spent two terms as president of the State of Ohio Board of Nursing.

“I’m very proud of Judi’s professional accomplishments, and I’m also appreciative of her long-time support of my community service.

“It was my dream at a young age to become mayor of Miamisburg, and it has been my honor to serve,” he said.  “I love this community.”


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