Jim Thatcher appointed to fill county commissioner term

Jim Thatcher was appointed Wednesday night, Jan. 10, by a Dearborn County Republican Party caucus to fill the vacancy on the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners following the passing of District 1 Commissioner Kevin Lynch last month.

Thatcher and Michael Lynch, Kevin Lynch’s son, filed declarations of candidacy for the position. Both made presentations to the caucus prior to the vote by precinct committee chairs.

Thatcher is a resident of Hidden Valley and an Aurora native. He is chairman of the Dearborn County Republican Party and serves on the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning of Appeals, Dearborn County Community Mental Health Board and the Miller Township Advisory Board.  For the past nine years, he has served in various capacities in the Dearborn County Republican Party, and was elected chairman in 2017.  Active in the community, Thatcher has served as president of the Bright Lions Club, is member of Hopewell Lodge No. 80 and Integrity Lodge No. 763, where he has held leadership positions, and is a member of the Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club. He is a graduate of Aurora High School, Ball State University and Cincinnati Technical College. He is retired from AT&T, where he worked as a Lead Developer, Lead Systems Engineer and Project Manager.

“I am grateful for the trust placed in me, and I would like everyone to know that my door will always be open,” said hatcher.

“Kevin’s passing is a great loss to many in this room, and indeed the entire region,” Dearborn County Republican Party vice chair Celeste Calvitto, who chaired the caucus, said at the beginning of the meeting. “Whomever is selected will have big shoes to fill.”

Commissioner Lynch died Dec. 14 of cancer. He was first elected in 2012 and had been re-elected in 2016.

Thatcher will be sworn in shortly for the term that runs through 2020.