shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart

(9-10-19) – Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart announced Tuesday morning that he will not seek re-election when his term expires on Dec. 31, 2020.

Lenhart, 74, started his career with the sheriff’s office on Sept. 13, 1966.

Lenhart started out as a deputy his first eight years when he was appointed to be interim sheriff after Sheriff Don Laws left office. He was appointed by the Democratic Central Committee, who then appointed Don Knasel as sheriff, after Knasel left, he was appointed to sheriff and ran for office and was elected and served the next 24 years.

After leaving the sheriff’s office, he held several different positions including BCI and later some private industry work.

Lenhart also served as the attorney general office’s director of law enforcement. Lenhart returned as Sheriff around 2012 after some turmoil in the office.

Lenhart is the second area sheriff to step down, earlier this year Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon announced that he would not run for re-election.