June 29, 2016

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Jim Lukas resigns as Brunswick city manager

BRUNSWICK — City Manager Jim Lukas is leaving his job Aug. 1 to become safety director for the city of Sharonville, near Cincinnati.

In a letter dated July 1, Lukas said he is going to miss Brunswick.

Jim Lukas

“This was not an easy decision,” Lukas wrote. “I’ll definitely miss this community.”

Lukas, who is from southern Ohio, said the move puts him closer to family. He said he accepted the new job because of “a combination of personal and professional factors.”

“Sharonville was a good opportunity for me,” he said.

In his new job, Lukas will replace retiring Ted Mack as safety service director of the city of about 13,500 residents. Brunswick’s population is about 34,400.

In his resignation letter, Lukas thanked Brunswick employees and citizens for welcoming him to Brunswick 2½ years ago.

City Council appointed Lukas in February 2011. Before that, he served 14 years as city manager of Franklin, in southwestern Ohio between Cincinnati and Dayton.

Councilman Vince Carl, 2nd Ward, said finding a new city manager may take longer than the 30 days of notice Lukas gave.

“Last time we hired a city manager, it took almost 90 days,” Carl said.

Replacing Lukas will mean two changes in the top administration for Brunswick this fall. Mayor Gary Werner is not seeking re-election and Councilman Ron Falconi, at large, is running unopposed for the position.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.