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The Head of Ohio's Department of Health Steps Down

photo of Rick Hodges
Ohio Department of Health

The director of the Ohio Department of Health is resigning.


Rick Hodges has led the state health Department since 2014, when he replaced Dr. Ted Wymyslo.

Hodges was seen as a controversial choice, since his most recent position was director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission, but Gov. John Kasich noted his experience in heading up health-related groups. And then, a year into the job, Hodges was named a defendant in a case that went on to the U.S. Supreme Court and legalized same-sex marriage.

Kasich said in a statement that Hodges is leaving for opportunities outside the administration, and that he appreciates his service and wishes him and his family well. Legal Counsel Lance Himes, who was interim director before Hodges was appointed, will fill that role again.