MOUNT VERNON — County Commissioner Allen Stockberger is closing his office door at the end of this term after 20 years serving Knox County. A large gathering of community and state officials joined his friends Thursday afternoon at the Knox County Service Center to express their appreciation for his service.
“I worked for Knox County in Safety and Loss Control,” said Ginny Shrimplin, County Risk Sharing Authority and representing the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. “You’re losing an excellent guy. He was someone you could go to and talk to. He was a great commissioner.”
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis noted that he was also once a commissioner.
“Allen and I worked together for two years as commissioners,” he said. “We’ve worked together well first as commissioner/commissioner and then as commissioner/mayor. The city and the county have always worked well together.”
Reviewing his career as commissioner, Stockberger said that one of the early events he appreciated was the acquisition of the former Mercy Hospital for the county offices. Now called the Knox County Service Center, Stockberger remembered that the commissioners had been located in a former Baptist Church. As that building deteriorated they bought the former hospital in 1996 and spent the next four years renovating it.
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