Kenneth Caplinger was the first president elected to two consecutive terms in 1951 and 1953 even though he is listed as a one-term President. He resigned as presiden soon after his first term was completed. Police records show he transferred from the Dayton police force in February 1952 to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office... thus becoming the only elected Dayton Lodge president serving with another law enforcement agency at the time he was on the Executive Board. He is also the only member to be elected Dayton Lodge president while serving with another police department. Why he resigned as Lodge president soon after his second term began may have been related to his taking the position with MCSO.
Two other presidents resigned from the police force before their terms as president expired: Melvin Fourman in 1943 and John Finley in 1966. Police officers resigning from the Divsion of Police was not out of the ordinary in early years. Pay was low and better opportunities could be found in the many factories in Dayton.
Sadly, three (3) Lodge 44 Presidents died before the conclusion of their police careers: Harry Fowler in 1954, Robert Swartz in 1971 and Guy Rohrer in 1988. All three had more than 25 years police service. Only Fowler was a sitting Lodge President at the time of his death. He was succeeded by George Szakal. Three (3) Lodge 44 Presidents completed less than one term in office: Fowler (death), John Finley (resignation) and Russ Guerra (retirement).
Ten (10) Lodge 44 Presidents served more than one term and of those, three (3) served more than two terms: Ron Brandenburg (3½), Tom Bennett (6) and Randy Beane (4½). Ron Brandenburg and Tom Bennett, along with J. David Maynes, are the only Presidents who had a separation between terms in office.
As Dayton matured as a local lodge, it built a strong reputation on the state level.Presidents Robert Swartz, Lee Slife and Guy Rohrer served on the State of Ohio Executive Board during the 1960s and 1970s. Swartz was the State First Vice President. Slife served two terms as the FOP Fifth District Trustee (covering southwest Ohio) in the 1960s. Rohrer served three terms in the same capacity.