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Stan D. Owens

First date of office:
January 3, 2013

Term expires:
January 2, 2021

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Todd Wolfrum

First date of office:
January 2, 2013

Term expires:
January 1, 2021

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Thad Lichtensteiger

First date of office:
January 1, 2011

Term expires:
December 31, 2018

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Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. are regular meeting days for the Board of Van Wert County Commissioners

Commissioners Corner

Click the link below for the 2017 Holiday Schedule:


Click the link below for information regarding conducting internet auctions for the sale of unneeded, obsolete, or unfit County property:


2017.02.23 Radio with Craig Riedel

February 23, 2017 – Along with other area officials and representatives, the Commissioners tape a radio program each Thursday morning highlighting current topics and issues of the region.  The radio program airs on Sunday mornings at 8:20 a.m.  Pictured above at today’s taping from left to right are Mayor Jerry Mazur, City of Van Wert; Commissioner Stan Owens; Chris Roberts, WERT/WKSD; Craig Riedel, State Representative, 82nd House District, Ohio; Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger; and Commissioner Todd Wolfrum.

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February 22, 2017 – Pictured above is Van Wert County resident and veteran, Orval Mullen, receiving his long overdue medals of honor earned for his brave service to our country in World War II.  Mr. Mullen served in the Army from 1942-1945.  He received the medals on his 95th birthday, 75 years after being deployed.  Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger was honored to be present at Mr. Mullen’s award ceremony, which was held at the American Legion in Van Wert.  Thank you, Mr. Mullen, for your service!


January 3, 2017 – During the month of December, 2016, local County employees donated $734.00, along with canned goods and other food items, to be given to the Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry located at First United Methodist Church here in Van Wert.  Pictured above are several County employees shown with some of the donated items.


December 22, 2016 – Commissioners Todd D. Wolfrum and Stan D. Owens were sworn in at a ceremony held at Van Wert County Common Pleas Court!  They will each begin their second term as Commissioner in January, 2017.

November 3, 2016 – NEWS RELEASE

The Van Wert County Commissioners are accepting resumes and letters of interest to fill two positions on the Van Wert County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The current term expires December 31, 2016. Members must be County residents and typically serve a four year term.

One appointment must be filled by an individual who is an immediate family member of an individual eligible for early intervention services or services for preschool or school age children.

One appointment, to the maximum extent possible, must be filled by an individual who has professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service.

For more information, please contact the Van Wert County Commissioners’ Office at (419) 238-6159.

Please submit resumes and letters of interest to the Van Wert County Commissioners, 114 E. Main St., Suite 200, Van Wert, Ohio, 45891.

October 20, 2016 – The Commissioners traveled to Bellefontaine, Ohio, for a tour of their downtown area, which is being renovated and restored at an astonishing pace!  With new and fresh ideas, businesses, restaurants, shops, and lofts were toured, and the experience was motivating and energizing for our own community!

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October 4, 2016 – A ceremony to honor the late George Brake was held at the Van Wert County Solid Waste Management District.  A tribute garden was created in his memory, and the Commissioners renamed the facility to the George E. Brake Recycling Center.

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August 19, 2016


Van Wert County IT Department

Help Desk Support Technician

Full-Time (40 hours/week) 

For complete description of job duties, responsibilities, and requirements, please go to  Send resumes to Van Wert County Commissioners, 114 East Main Street, Suite 200, Van Wert, Ohio, 45891.  The position will remain open until filled.

2016.06.29 Thad and Fellow Commissioners with Madonna Mud Hen

June 29, 2016 – Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger and fellow County Commissioners recently attended a Toledo Mud Hens game as part of the Northwest District of Ohio County Commissioners and Engineer’s Association Quarterly Meeting in Lucas County, Ohio.  Here they are pictured with Madonna Mud Hen.


May 17, 2016 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners declared May 15-21, 2016, as National Police Week in Van Wert County recognizing and publicly saluting the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.

Pictured above:
Front (left to right): Law enforcement officers representing the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach, Detective Adam Clark, Deputy/DARE Officer Michael Biberstine, Deputy Edward Klausing, and Sergeant Michael East.  Law enforcement officers representing the Van Wert City Police Department: Dispatcher Josh Staten and Lieutenant Jeffrey Hammons.
Back (left to right): County Commissioners Todd Wolfrum, Stan Owens, and Thad Lichtensteiger

National Day of Prayer 2015

May 3, 2016 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners recognized the National Day of Prayer in Van Wert County as May 5, 2016, and urged Van Wert County residents to remember our nation in prayer, asking for God’s blessing, guidance, grace, and protection for our great nation and community as we address the challenges of our times.

Pictured above (left to right):
County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum, Pastor Paul Hamrick, County Commissioner Stan Owens, and County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger

2016.04.12 Pic - Proclamation - Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2016

April 12, 2016 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners recognized and honored all public safety telecommunications professionals working in our community and joined in honoring the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our county and citizens safe by proclaiming the week of April 10-16, 2016, as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Pictured above:
Front (left to right): County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger and 9-1-1 Director Kim Brandt
Back (left to right): County Commissioners Todd Wolfrum and Stan Owens

2016.04.07 Pic - Crime Victims' Rights Week

April 7, 2016 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners reaffirmed the commitment of Van Wert County to helping victims of crime rebuild their lives through supportive services and victim compensation by proclaiming the week of April 10-16, 2016, as Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Pictured above:
Front (left to right): County Commissioners Stan Owens, Thad Lichtensteiger, and Todd Wolfrum
Back (left to right): Christina Eversole, Crime Victims’ Services; Jody Wannemacher, YWCA; Jamie Evans, YWCA; and Kathy Taylor, Crisis Care Line/House of Transition

DATE:             March 22, 2016

SUBJECT:        CDBG Allocation & Set-Aside Programs

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP)

General Administrative Assistance and Program Consultant Services

The Van Wert County Commissioners are seeking professional qualifications and a proposal for grant administrative assistance, as well as Program Consultant Services for the PY2015 CDBG Allocation and/or Set-Aside Programs and including future assistance with CDBG program applications in PY2016 and PY2017.

We are seeking to put together an administrative support staff that is acceptable to us and to the Ohio Development Services Agency for CDBG grant and other grant administration and execution. Thus, we are requesting professional qualifications and a cost proposal for assistance so we may contract with an individual or firm to assist us in the capacity of Program Consultant for the preparation of the Environmental Review Record, and the provision of general administrative assistance and implementation services respecting the program activities. Your response by April 15, 2016 to this RFQ/RFP, should you be interested, would be appreciated.

It is our understanding that CDBG recipients are to provide for open competition for professional services whereby, at a minimum, competitors’ qualifications are evaluated (cost or price will be an evaluation factor), and once a firm or individual is tentatively selected, fair and reasonable compensation is negotiated. We are, therefore, inviting interested individuals and firms located within a reasonable distance of the County of Van Wert to submit evidence of their professional qualifications, a cost/price proposal, and related information as follows:

  1. General background of firm or individual; number of years in operation providing community, housing and economic development services; and any other services provided; including those which might represent a conflict of interest.
  2. List of CDBG “Small Cities” programs in Ohio by type, and grant amounts for each, in which the firm or individual has been directly involved.
  3. Professional staff resumes, including years of experience primarily involved in CDBG programs for each staff person; also indicate which staff would most likely be involved in providing professional services to the County of Van Wert.
  4. Experience in providing community and economic development services, and related services, to clients in the vicinity of the County of Van Wert, and/or clients of similar sizes, locations and characteristics.
  5. Professional references for firm/individual and staff who would most likely be involved in our programs.
  6. Standard hourly fee schedule for all staff, including all overhead.

All statements of qualifications and cost/price proposals must be received on or before April 15, 2016 at the following address:

Van Wert County Commissioners 114 East Main St. Suite 200

Van Wert, Ohio 45891

Attn: Sue Gerker, Interim Van Wert County Economic Development Director

It is our intent to give reasonable consideration to at least three firms and/or individuals based on their qualification and cost/price proposals, so as to have one or several alternative candidates that could be asked to enter into negotiations. If negotiations with the preferred candidate(s) are not satisfactory, all RFQs/RFPs will be evaluated by the Van Wert County Commissioners. We are open to contracting with more than one individual or firm for the desired services. Once again these are summarized as follows:

  • Environmental Review Record Preparation
  • General Administrative Assistance and Implementation Services for the PY2015 CDBG Allocation Program and/or CDBG Set-Asides (including assistance with future Allocation and/or Set-Aside Program applications in PY2016 and/or PY2017)
  • Consultant Services (Application Preparation, Planning, Fair Housing, etc. for PY2015 and including PY2016 and/or PY2017)

Should you have any questions regarding the RFQ/RFP, please contact the Van Wert County Commissioners Office, 419-238-6159.

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March 22, 2016 – 8th grade students from Delphos St. John’s visited the Commissioners’ Office to learn more about the basics of local government.  The students were also able to visit the Recorder’s Office, Common Pleas Court, and Correctional Facility.

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March 7, 2016 – A local business, Window Creations, LLC recently created and donated a piece of stained-glass artwork to the Van Wert County Board of Elections.  Reggie Buehrer and company created this beautiful piece, which shows a copy of the U.S. Constitution, a quill pen and ink bottle, and a portion of the American flag to display in the front window of the Van Wert County Board of Elections.  Shown with the artwork is County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger, Reggie Buehrer, Owner, Window Creations, LLC, and County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum.  Window Creations, LLC is located in Van Wert County, and their contact information is below.  Thank you, Window Creations! 

Window Creations, LLC

21438 US 224

Fort Jennings, Ohio 45844

(419) 453-2004

2016.03 - Thad - Payne Elementary - 4th Grade Class

March, 2016 – Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger presenting to and educating 4th graders at Payne Elementary School on the basics of local government.