Casey Lucius earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio where she was an Ashbrook Scholar. She then moved to Columbus, Ohio, to work as a legislative and administrative assistant for a State Representative. This first exposure to public service sparked a lifelong interest in government service. Hoping to advance her education and serve the country, she applied to become an officer in the U.S. Navy.
In 1998, Casey began her seven years of active duty by graduating from Naval Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, and then went on to intelligence training in Virginia Beach before moving to San Diego where she served on an aircraft carrier for two years (USS Stennis, CVN-74, named after Senator John C. Stennis). During this assignment, the crew deployed to the Persian Gulf and worked in support of United Nations’ Resolution 1242 against Iraq. She worked with SEAL Team 5 in carrying out maritime interdiction operations in order to halt the export of illegal oil from Iraq, in support of the oil-for-food agreement.
In 2000, she moved to Monterey to attend the Naval Postgraduate School, where she earned a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs. After completing this graduate program, she was assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and served as the primary daily intelligence briefer for the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. During this time, she also began attending the University of Hawaii to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science.
Casey and Lieutenant Colonel Bob Lucius, USMC (ret) met in 2001 when they were both students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. As Casey tells the story, “We were both studying National Security Affairs and we happened to be taking the same class on Chinese foreign policy. I called and asked him out for ice cream and the rest is history!” They got married in 2004 in Key West, Florida. They lived in Hanoi, Vietnam from 2005 - 2008.
In 2008, Casey and Bob moved back to the United States and lived on the Monterey Peninsula. Bob served at the Defense Language Institute until 2011 when he retired after 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2008, Casey taught at the Naval Postgraduate School and was hired to teach National Security Decision Making at the Naval War College at NPS.
Casey’s interest in community service led her to serve the community as an elected official, board member, and volunteer administrator:
- Graduate of Leadership Collier 2019
- Recipient of the James Mudd Fellowship, Collier County, 2019
- Elected to the Pacific Grove City Council, 2012-2016
In 2013 Casey was certified as a trainer by the IMCC. She began sharing her knowledge of problem solving, strategic planning and other topics to city clerks and municipal officials in California. In 2017 Casey, Bob and Bobby moved to Naples FL where she is continuing this training and education. Her first opportunity was in July 2017 with the Florida City Clerks Association. She has worked with cities in the state of Florida, various non-profits, and the Florida Public Pension Trustee Association.