Shelby County Sheriff steps away after 25 years

Shelby County Sheriff steps away after 25 years

SIDNEY — Former Shelby County Sheriff, John Lenhart closed a 25-year chapter of his career at the end of 2020.

Lenhart first served as sheriff from 1976 to 1991. He returned to the job in 2010.

“I think you can stay too long in particular in a particular office,” Lenhart said. “In my opinion, we accomplished a number of goals we set out to do.”

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As he looked back on his career as sheriff, there were three things that Lenhart find the most pride in: the Star House which helps people release from jail with substance abuse treatment programs, the work at the animal shelter and safety within county schools.

He’s worked in law enforcement for 54 years, but just because he is stepping away from his post as sheriff does not mean he is retiring just yet. Lenhart has taken a new job as the liaison to law enforcement for the office of Ohio State Auditor, Keith Faber. In his new position, he will work with a lot of people he already knows.