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Top state commander resigns post

Andy Ouriel • Jan 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

A top state commander — overseeing former Buckeye State-based military personnel, which included supervising activities at the Ohio Veterans Home in Perkins Township — recently surrendered from his post.


Ohio Department of Veterans Services director Tim Gorrell on Wednesday accepted Ohio Veterans Homes superintendent Rick Hatcher’s resignation letter.

A dated letter came one day after the Register submitted a public records request seeking an update on Hatcher’s status.

His resignation goes into effect later this week, ending a five-plus-year run as superintendent.

Hatcher earned about $110,000 a year, managing Ohio Veterans Homes in Perkins Township and in Georgetown, near Cincinnati.    “Rick is leaving us to pursue other opportunities, but he, and everyone in Ohio, can be proud of his many accomplishments as superintendent,” Gorrell stated in a release.

Among some of the more notable and recent improvements at the local Ohio Veterans Home under Hatcher’s watch:

• Revitalizing the cemetery, consisting of razing, realigning and replacing about 4,200 headstones. A $799,000 federal grant covered all expenses.

• Starting demolition on six condemned cottages. Construction started this fall and should wrap up by April.

Gorrell named Fred Stratmann, the state veterans services department’s chief counsel, to assume superintendent responsibilities on an interim basis.

In related news, state officials on Tuesday abruptly “removed” human resources manager Buffy Andrews, who earned about $98,000 a year. State officials first hired Andrews in January 2012.

“As a rule, we do not comment on personnel matters,” spokesman Mike McKinney said.

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