Rumors have been floating around for a while now. Though there still has been no formal announcement regarding this issue, it seems fairly certain that Ohio Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer will be vacating his post at the request of Governor Kasich to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Some high ranking ODA officials will be going with Zehringer as well. A number of candidates have been considered to replace Zehringer, but no one has been selected as of yet. Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols had no comment on the issue.
Though Zehringer has only served as ODA Director for a short time, it has been a productive and successful tenure by most accounts. He has overseen the final phases and implementation of the Ohio Livestock Care Board’s standards and led an aggressive charge to attract new and expand existing agribusinesses in Ohio.