MANSFIELD – John Mayer has worn many hats in his career.
He is giving up all but one of them.
Mayer, 57, is retiring after 33 years of public service. He has filled every role from corrections officer in Richland County Juvenile Court to supervisor for the Adult Parole Authority to Mifflin Township trustee.
At one point, he had to give up three of his county gigs because he would have been working too many hours on the county payroll.
He said at the height of his employment, he worked 64 to 78 hours a week, including a stint of 28 days in a row.
“I think it’s time to slow down,” Mayer said. “I decided to retire because I have the years in, and I want to take care of some health issues.”
Mayer celebrated his retirement with a reception thrown by his brother, Phil, Richland County’s probate judge and another member of the esteemed Mayer clan.
Probation officers and members of the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office stopped by to pay their respects.
Phil Mayer said Common Pleas Judge Brent Robinson suggested the party and even bought a cake. The probate judge hosted the party in his courtroom on the second floor of the county courthouse.
“You can’t say he’s lazy,” Phil said of his brother. “He’s always tried to do the best he could to stay busy.”
Phil’s term for his brother was “industrious.”
“He’s not content to sit back and collect things. He knows you’ve got to go out and work for them,” the probate judge said.
Robinson was one of six common pleas judges that John Mayer served.
“John has been an extremely valuable employee, and he has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of both law enforcement and security,” Robinson said. “I wish John the very best in his retirement.”
Most recently, Mayer worked courthouse security for the common pleas judges. He started his days by getting up at 5 a.m. and worked the doors at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
From there, Mayer would head to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland, where he’d work 3 to 11 p.m. as a security officer.
In fact, the security gig is the only one Mayer is keeping.
Joe Lacey normally works the door at the courthouse with Mayer, having people pass through a metal detector and taking their temperatures in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have to give him credit,” Lacey said. “He is able to keep track of where he has to be, at what time.”
John Mayer has enjoyed a decorated career in law enforcement, making more than 1,300 arrests and helping to apprehend more than 350 fugitives while also taking more than 30 guns off the streets.
Mayer worked with twin brother Luke at the Adult Parole Authority. Another brother, Matt, was a sergeant in the detective bureau at the sheriff’s office.
“It’s been unique to have a family with so many in law enforcement,” John said.
In addition, five of the Mayer clan have been elected officials. John is the only one of those who is a Republican.
He has been a Mifflin Township trustee for the past two years and eight months.
“I wish I had done that job about 20 years ago,” John said.
Twin brother Luke shook his head when asked about the number of jobs John has held.
“God bless him and good luck,” Luke said. “I’m just tickled to death for him.”
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