Lang leads voting, Printy ousted

A political newcomer soundly thrashed his two challengers to become a new Perkins Township trustee.
Andy Ouriel
Nov 6, 2013


Jim Lang locked up one of two contested seats, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent Tim Coleman secured the second seat, but voters booted trustee Mike Printy. He’s gone at the start of the new year.    

Lang centered his campaign on trustees — including Printy, Coleman and Jeff Ferrell — misspending $3.3 million in public funds on a new administrative complex during a fiscal crisis.

Their decision to reserve money for a new building indirectly led to six layoffs in the police and highway departments earlier this year, Lang said.

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The voters apparently — and overwhelmingly — agreed with Lang, who also bashed trustees for, at times, keeping public records hidden and sealed.

“I would like to thank my committee and all the voters for giving me this opportunity to serve the people of Perkins Township,” said Lang, who’s worked for various local law enforcement organizations, including a short and recent stint as Sandusky’s police chief. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career to work with local governments, and I feel the time has come to give back to the community.”

Coleman said he’s thankful to receive another four-year term in office. He also vowed to prioritize paving and maintaining township roads.

“I guess people had faith in me to continue to do what I was doing,” Coleman said. “I have a responsibility to represent everyone in the township, whether they voted for me or not.”

Printy offered just a brief comment upon realizing he lost the election.

“I thank the citizens of Perkins for giving me a chance to be a trustee for the past four years,” he said.

Trustees earn about $20,500 apiece as they oversee an annual budget of $9.5 million.

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Very disappointed to see Mike Printy not re-elected. You had our vote Mike.