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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:



March 14, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners enjoyed a visit from several of our local Buckeye Ambassadors and proclaimed Ohio 4-H Week in Van Wert County as March 13, 2017, through March 18, 2017.  The Buckeye Ambassadors were accompanied by Heather Gottke, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2017.03.14 Proclamation – 4-H Week 2017.03.13-2017.03.18

Pictured above (left to right):
County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum; Buckeye Ambassadors – Sam Price, McKenzie Davis, Macala Ashbaugh, and Abbey Bradford; and County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger

March 13, 2017

Area 8 Workforce Development Board

Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, and Van Wert Counties

Request for Proposal


OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) Center Operator

and Career Services Providers

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Please click on the link below for more information.

Regional posting Area 8 Workforce Development Board OMJ and Career Services Operator

Along with various other offices, the Commissioners’ Office will be closed on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to allow employees to attend a funeral.  Please click on the link below for more details.  Please note that some offices will be closed until 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Press Release – Various County Offices Closing 2017.03.09

March 8, 2017

Area 8 Workforce Development Board

Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, and Van Wert Counties

Request for Proposal


Youth WIOA Provider/s for Auglaize, Hardin, and Van Wert Counties

Please click on the link below for more information.

Regional posting Area 8 Workforce Development Board

Along with various other offices, the Commissioners’ Office will be closed on Monday, March 6, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to allow employees to attend a funeral.  Please click on the link below for more details.

Press Release – Various County Offices Closing 2017.03.06

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.

Orval Mullen Pic 2017.02.23

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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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.

Request for Qualifications and Proposals

 The Van Wert County Board of Commissioners requests qualification statements and proposals from qualified professional planning, community development, economic development, and/or other qualified consulting firms to perform necessary functions for its FY 2017 Community Housing Improvement Program. Scope of work includes development of a grant application, convening the Van Wert County Housing Advisory Committee, preparing an environmental review record, undertaking a fair housing program and administration and implementation of the CHIP to include residential property inspections, lead-based paint risk assessments and clearances, and pest inspections.

 All such proposals must be responsive to the Scope of Services section of this RFQ/RFP and must meet the content of criteria as outlined herein. Responses to this RFQ/RFP will be used to select a qualified firm to perform the required grant writing, planning, and grant administration/implementation assistance needed by Van Wert County. These services are financed with federal Community Development Block Grant Program funds form the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as administered by the Ohio Department of Development.

 Since Van Wert County is seeking a professional service which may be available from several qualified organizations, the County has elected to follow the competitive negotiation method of procurement as provided in 24 CFR Part 85. Under this method, the County will receive qualifications and proposals from interested parties until the designated date and time listed below.

 The Van Wert County Board of Commission reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to negotiate various details of the proposals with the parties that have submitted them. If the County does negotiate any aspect of the proposals with any of the parties, it will provide all parties an opportunity to negotiate on the same point. The County reserves the right to select the specific issue on which it will negotiate and will not negotiate any issues other than those it selects.

 Purpose of Request for Qualifications/Proposals

The County seeks to undertake the preparation, administration, and implementation of an FY2017 CHIP. Attention is called to the requirements that all project elements must be submitted in a form which complies with Ohio Development Services Agency.

 Service offerors must submit with their proposal a work plan outlining how the service offeror will address each element of ODSA’s CHIP requirements as mandated by ODSA and HUD. A contract will be executed between the selected consultant and Van Wert County for a period necessary to complete all the requirements of the CHIP Program, but in no case to exceed 28 months.

 The project work outlined is to be completed by the selected consultant with supervision by the County. The grant application must be submitted to ODSA by May 5, 2017. All CHIP activities must be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. As this is a competitive grant, ODSA has not yet determined the County’s grant award, but it is estimated to be approximately $800,000.

 Content of Proposal

The County will review and evaluate the statements of Proposals filed based on the following content. Evaluation criteria includes, but is not limited to:

 a.  Specialized experience or technical expertise of the firm and its personnel in connection with federal and state program requirements, especially as they relate to administrative, financial, and monitoring requirements, of the CDBG, HOME and other federal and state programs in the areas of housing, planning, and economic and community development services to be provided and the complexity of the project(s).

b. Familiarity and experience in carrying out lead-based paint risk assessments and lead clearances on 1-4 unit residential properties.

c. Past record of performance on contracts with the County and other clients, including quality of work, timeliness, and cost control.

d. Capacity of the firm to perform the work within time limitations (taking into consideration the current and planned future workload of the firm) and names of key staff who will be working on the project.

e. Familiarity of the firm with the type of problems applicable to the project.

f. Date firm established and brief history of the firm.

g. Location of office(s) within the State of Ohio.

h. Project references related to the above areas.

i.  A work plan with cost schedule (including an hourly fee schedule) that will clearly show costs of the various elements/tasks of the project during the contract period. The fixed fee will include all costs for travel, postage, printing, photographs, and other expenses relating to the completion of the project.

 Scope of Services

Interested firms should provide the County with the following scope of service information:

a.   Grant application. Specified costs associated with the preparation and submittal of the grant application, to include but not limited to: the completion of required/applicable forms, resolutions, applicable documentation of the County’s Housing Advisory Committee meetings, public hearings, budgets, administrative/implementation (soft cost) summaries, income eligibility requirements, client-based and project specific-based activities, public rehabilitation of emergency housing facilities, relocation requirements, and fair housing activities. Consultant must provide the appropriate number of copies of the application to ODSA and the County prior to May 5, 2017 (grant application due date).

b. CHIP Administrative Plan. Specific costs associated with application administration, including environmental review requirements, and the designated responsibility of each of the activities to be carried out over the course of the program period.

Project Management



Van Wert County



Environmental Review Record


Overall Program Management


Coordination with State/Federal Agencies


Conflict Resolution


Fair Housing*


*Fair Housing Program. Specified costs associated with Van Wert County’s compliance with the Fair Housing Requirements as outlined in the CDBG Formula Allocation Program/Community Housing Improvement Program Grant Agreements between the county and the Ohio Development Services Agency, to include:

            1.         Coordination of, preparation of appropriate documentation, and performance of the required training sessions.

            2.         Coordination of and preparation of appropriate documentation, and performance of the required outreach activities.

            3. Preparation of annual fair housing analysis update.

            4. Assistance with fair housing complaint referral, processing, and coordination efforts with the appropriate regional office of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission as needed.

            5.         Other activities as required by the Ohio Department of Development Office of Housing and Community Partnerships for the CDBG Program.

            6.         Preparation of final report of fair housing efforts fro grant year suitable for State Monitoring.

c.          CHIP Implementation Plan. Specific costs associated with activities to be carried out over the course of the program period and the designated responsibility of each of the activities.

Application Intake, Processing and Related Services



Van Wert County



Program marketing and public relations


Program administration


Establishing a list of eligible contractors


Review of rehabilitation applications


Analysis of applications and verification documents


Preparation of required OHCP reports, including status, OHPO, floodplain, and final performance report


Preparation of bid documents


Preparation of closing documents and conducting loan closings


Review of contractor pay requests


Conflict resolution


Property Rehabilitation Inspections and Related Services



Van Wert County



Property inspections to determine potential impact including lead-based paint risk assessments, pest inspection


Preparation of rehabilitation work specifications and cost estimates


Review of Contractor pay requests


Analysis of bids


Perform progress inspections of work during construction


Process change orders


Perform final inspection of work, perform lead clearances as needed, and development of punch list


Conflict Resolution


c.          Post Grant Management. Activities which identify post-grant management requirements the County must undertake.

 d.         Monitoring and recordkeeping. Activities which identify monitoring and record-keeping requirements the County must undertake.

 Proposal Evaluation: The County will evaluate the proposal based on a point system and resulting ranking. The following represent the key factors that will be considered and the points assigned to each:

           Experience with federal/state compliance: 45 points

            Performance: 15 points

            Capacity to perform work: 10 points

            Community Discretionary Points: 10 points

            Cost of Service: 20 points

 Negotiations will begin with the top candidate selected. If negotiations are not successful, the process will begin again with the candidate rated second and so on. Upon completion of successful negotiations, a contract will be executed to the County.

 Offerors are invited to submit one original and one copy of your response to be received no later than 4:30 p.m. March 20, 2017.

Van Wert County Commissioners

Attn: Sue Gerker

114 East Second Street, Suite 200

Van Wert, OH 45891

2016.03.22 Student Tour - Delphos St. John's 8th Graders 1 2016.03.22 Student Tour - Delphos St. John's 8th Graders 2

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.