The Geauga Board of Commissioners last week accepted the retirement of longtime county Building Department official Michael Mihalisin after 37 years of service.

Mr. Mihalisin served as the chief building official and floodplain administrator for the department since 1983 before stepping down to take the part-time role of assistant building official in preparation for his retirement.

Current Chief Building Official Dan Spada, who was promoted to his role back in September in Mr. Mihalisin’s place, came to the board requesting their approval of the former chief building official’s retirement during the board’s regular June 9 meeting.

“You’ve certainly been a cornerstone to this county for a very, very long time,” Commissioner Timothy Lennon said to Mr. Mihalisin. “I just want to say thank you very much for everything you’ve done here.”

“It’s been a pleasure working with you,” Mr. Mihalisin of Middlefield said. “Not quite the way I wanted to go out with the pandemic and everything,” he added, “but it’s time.”

Mr. Mihalisin, a Cardinal High School graduate recounted that in his years with the county, he’s worked with eight administrators, 13 commissioners and 10 prosecutors.

“He’s been very involved in the entire industry and has been a very good example of us younger guys coming up through the ranks,” Mr. Spada said.

“That’s a lot of institutional knowledge walking out the door,” Mr. Lennon said.

Sam Cottrill started reporting for the Times in February 2019 and covers Auburn, Bainbridge, Bentleyville and Chagrin, Kenston, Solon and West Geauga schools. She graduated from Kent State University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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