Logan to retire from MWCD, public service later this year

August 29, 2013

Sean D. Logan, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s (MWCD) chief of conservation and a former director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), will retire from the MWCD and public service later this year.

Logan, who has worked in public service since 1988 and also served as an elected member of the Ohio General Assembly and as a Columbiana County commissioner, formally submitted to the MWCD Board of Directors his resignation for retirement during a recent meeting. Logan was hired by the MWCD in 2011.

“This is a very bittersweet moment for me in many ways, but primarily because I have enjoyed the work I have been part of here at the MWCD in fulfillment of the conservation portion of the MWCD’s mission in the Muskingum River Watershed,” Logan said. “I have plenty I want to accomplish in my remaining few months, but like many public employees in Ohio, changes in the retirement system have led me to this decision.”

A search for Logan’s replacement to oversee the MWCD’s natural resources and conservation stewardship work, including its forestry operations, agricultural management program and mineral resources, will begin soon, said John M. Hoopingarner, MWCD executive director/secretary.

“While I am very happy and want to congratulate Sean on a very successful career of serving our state on many levels, I also regret that his contributions and dedication will be missed at the MWCD,” Hoopingarner said. “In the two years that Sean has led the conservation staff and program, the MWCD has been faced with multiple opportunities and challenges as natural resources management has become big news on a daily basis in Eastern Ohio. Sean’s leadership and his identification of priority projects and needed policies have transformed the conservation portion of the MWCD’s mission at a time when decisions had to be made amid a number of challenges.”

Logan, a Columbiana County native, served terms in the Ohio House of Representatives (1990-2000) and as a county commissioner (2001-07) before being selected by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to head ODNR. He is a graduate of Muskingum University and Capital University School of Law. He resides in Columbiana County with his wife and three children.

“The MWCD has a professional and educated staff that is dedicated to serving the residents and property owners in the watershed,” Logan said. “As a native of Eastern Ohio, I understand the rich natural resources that have been protected and conserved for multiple and proper uses by the operation of the dams and reservoirs in the MWCD region, as well as providing sources of outdoor recreation and economic benefits. We are truly blessed in this watershed to have these resources and facilities available, and we must work diligently to protect this valuable infrastructure.”

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving an estimated $10.7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

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