Although he is easing back into his work schedule somewhat, Delaware County Treasurer Jon Peterson is back on the job just three weeks after suffering a near-fatal heart attack.
Peterson spent about six hours in board of revisions hearings Wednesday, a three-person panel that hears resident complaints about their county property value appraisals. He said during a lunch break that he is observing more or less a full-time schedule at the treasurer’s office after returning to work on May 27, a few days after doctors installed a pacemaker to regulate his heart.
Peterson said he feels “about 80 to 85 percent.”
“I have been working some three-to-four hour days. Some five-to-six hour days. Just depending on how I feel and the work flow here at the office,” Peterson said. “But if I feel the need to go out and take a walk, I just do it. There’s no need to press it. We’re getting ready to go into tax collection, and that will be a test, but I’m ready for that and I feel good.”
“I have a little residual pain. They worked me over pretty good getting me jump-started,” Peterson said, referring to emergency responders’ use of defibrillator paddles to re-start his heart. “That’s a pretty physical thing. But other than that, it’s really about my strength and endurance.”
Peterson has resumed driving, but has taken to riding his bike for his two-mile commute to work for health reasons.
“I just think it’s good form for me to take my physical fitness more seriously than I have. Plus, it’s green, so that’s always a good thing,” Peterson said.
As for his other job, pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, Peterson said he is edging in much more slowly. His church appointment requires a lot of work outside normal business hours.
“They (the congregation) have been pretty insistent that I not push that too hard on the weekends and evenings. I’ve got a lot of people coming forward to take up different roles, and that has helped,” Peterson said.
Peterson, a 57-year-old Republican, suffered a heart attack the morning of May 18. He spent about a week in Grant Medical Center in Columbus after undergoing emergency bypass surgery. His wife, Melissa, called 911 after finding him on the floor of the couple’s home.
County commissioners earlier this week voted to accept the monthly report from the treasurer’s office on the county’s investment portfolio.
Delaware County Commissioner Tommy Thompson called Peterson’s recovery “amazing.”
“We certainly wish him well,” commissioner Dennis Stapleton said.