Three-term Pike County Commissioner A. Richard Caridi has stepped down from office, effective May 31, 2018. Announced and accepted at the June 6 commissioners' meeting, Caridi's letter cited health issues and desire to spend more time with family.

MILFORD - Three-term Pike County Commissioner A. Richard Caridi has stepped down from office, effective May 31, 2018. Announced and accepted at the June 6 commissioners’ meeting, Caridi’s letter cited health issues and desire to spend more time with family.

“Rich is away right now, but I am sure we will see him in the future and thank him for his many years of service,” Chairman Matthew Osterberg said. He said Caridi submitted the letter a week ago, and didn’t want a lot of fan fare.

Commissioner Steve Guccini, who was also away but was participating by speaker phone, commented in the brief time being elected as a democrat to serve as commissioner, the board has “stayed out of the national and state fray” of infighting, which some see as a sign they are doing their job. Instead, the board has been able to stay above politics and learn to “reasonably disagree and seek a solution.” Caridi and Osteberg are both republicans.

Osterberg said this was also the case when Harry Forbes and Karl Wagner were on recent boards of commissioners.

Selection of a successor is up to the Pike County Court, the chairman said. Judge Gregory Chelak has up to 30 days to appoint an interim commissioner. By statute the appointee must be of the same party. The appointee will be required to run in the next election for commissioner in November 2019.

Osterberg said that the last time a vacancy occurred, potential appointees sent letters asking to be considered.

Caridi’s letter to Chairman Osterberg follows.

“Effective on 31 May 2018 I intend to retire from my position as Pike County Commissioner. After turning 70 years old in February this year, my wife and I have decided that we would like to attend to some health issues and spend much time as we can together and with our children and grandchildren for as long as God grants.

“Serving Pike County has been quite an honor to me and has been quite an honor to me and has been a great place to live and work for my family. We have enjoyed great opportunity from education for our children, to a healthy business environment, and to plentiful four season recreation permitting us to experience the true beauty of Pike County.

“I must state that I have had the honor of serving with other commissioners, throughout my 15 year tenure, who have always placed the best interests for the county first in their decision making. I am proud to say that the decisions made were always based on principle and not on partisan politics and I pray that that philosophy will always prevail.

“I want to wish both you and Steve the very best in your future decisions. After working together with you both I realize that our county will continue to be in very capable hands as a result of your faithful stewardship. May God bless you both with His wisdom in your efforts to continue to serve the people of our beautiful Pike County.

“Respectfully, Richard A. Caridi.”