Michael Ringle was sworn in Nov. 25 as Delaware County's treasurer, filling the unexpired term of Jon Peterson, who died Oct. 10.
He was selected Nov. 21 by the Delaware County Republican Party's Central Committee.
Ringle, 28, is an attorney who most recently served as deputy legal counsel in the Ohio Treasurer of State's Office. He earlier was a state and local tax associate with the Columbus accounting firm KPMG.
Ringle paid tribute to Peterson after taking the oath of office at the county's Hayes Administrative Building, 140 N. Sandusky St.
He said he planned to work on Peterson's reelection campaign and had lunch with him shortly before he died.
They discussed Peterson's public service, he said, "and how he often gave a voice to the voiceless."
Peterson was using a wheelchair at the time, "but his mind was as sharp as ever," he said. "At some point in the conversation, we were talking about his reelection. Jon gestured to the wheelchair and made a point of saying that he wasn't going to allow the physical impediments he was dealing with to prevent him from serving. That is an example of the type of public servant that Jon was.
"I'm very thankful and honored to get to carry on and build on his foundation of public service, to work with a fantastic staff," Ringle said, "and I look forward to, with our other elected office holders ... building programs that will further help citizens and residents of Delaware County."
The unexpired term runs through Sept. 5, 2021. Ringle said he will run for the position.
In a county press release, Ringle said he will explore implementing a "linked deposit" program in the county, which would allow inactive county funds to be deposited with Delaware County banks and used to provide reduced-rate loans.
The program would enable his office's escrow payment program to help the county's more vulnerable residents keep their homes out of foreclosure, he said.
He also said he would work with county auditor George Kaitsa to continue cybersecurity measures safeguarding the county treasury.
"I hope to invest in technologies that will improve customer experience," Ringle said.
A Beavercreek native, Ringle received his undergraduate and law degrees from Ohio State University. He and his wife, Emily, who works for Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, reside in Lewis Center.
He said the county has great school systems, parks and retail outlets, and is "an obvious choice when looking at places to settle down."