News that Kasich is appointing a highly-partisan Republican campaign supporter to his cabinet today didn’t really surprise me at all.

But I was made somewhat more optimistic about the future of state government when I saw that AG-Elect Mike Dewine might actually be taking a different course.

Throughout the campaign, Mike Dewine complained about inefficiencies in processing DNA evidence at the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) and – true or not – he vowed to fix the problem if he was elected.

Today Dewine announced he would be bringing in Tom Stickrath, Governor Strickland’s current Public Safety Director, to lead the bureau.

Stickrath has a long record of public service, working for both Voinovich and Taft, and a reputation as a problem solver. He was kept on by Governor Strickland as head of Youth Services back in 2006 and then brought in to head up Public Safety after the Senate didn’t confirm Cathy Collins-Taylor.

And while I obviously didn’t support Dewine during the campaign I have to commend him for selecting one of Governor Strickland’s appointees to lead BCI. I really hope it’s a sign that DeWine will avoid following the overtly political path that Kasich has chosen to take with his appointments.