He graduated from Bluffton College and was admitted to the Ohio Barometer
They were instrumental in building the "cosmopolitan Democrats" movement of urban ethnic voters. Locher was law director of Cleveland under Mayor Anthony J. Celebrezze beginning in 1953, then succeeded him as mayor when Celebrezze was appointed United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare by President John F. Kennedy on July 14, 1962. After winning a special election in October 1962 to complete Celebrezze"s fifth term, Locher served two terms of his own as mayor of Cleveland.
His tenure was marked by increasing racial tensions in the city, culminating in the Hough Riots of 1966.
On April 25, 1967, Locher declared that three recent visitors to the city: Floyd McKissick, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality (Congress of Racial Equality), Alabama governor George C. Wallace, and civil rights leader Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. were "extremists."
On October 3, 1967, Locher lost the Cleveland Democratic primary election to Carl B. Stokes, who he had narrowly defeated in the 1965 general election. Stokes went on to defeat Republican Seth Taft in the general election, becoming the first African American mayor of a major United States. city.
Locher went on to be elected a probate court judge in 1970, and was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1977, serving two terms. Though a Democrat, he became increasingly conservative as he got older and with longevity in office frequently voting with Republican justices on worker"s compensation and other employment issues.
He died in 2004.
In 1965 Locher banned all rock concerts in the city following a Rolling Stones performance.