TOLEDO (WTOL) - Carol Contrada received well wishes on her last day on the job.
The two term Lucas County Commissioner is retiring.
Contrada said she’s proud of three accomplishments: Criminal justice reform, taking steps to curb Lake Erie algae blooms and economic development. She believes it wouldn’t be possible without the help of a team of hard working county employees.
“There’s a virtue in public service that is largely forgotten these days. I will miss the collegiality and the commitment of making a difference," she said.
Fellow commissioner Pete Gerken has four words to describe Contrada: Kind. Thoughtful. Deliberate. Dynamic.
Contrada said it’s been an honor to serve Lucas County residents. She also added that it’s important now to take on a regional approach to problem solving.
“Because assets that we have here are second to none. And so we expand our thinking. We’re not going to get where we need to be. We need to maximize by working together," she explained.
Contrada is leaving public service but not slowing down. She’ll continue practicing law out of Sylvania and also to prepare to become a first time grandmother.
She’s being replaced on the board by former Maumee Municipal Court Judge Gary Byers who was elected in November.