COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Commissioners Office

Stan D. Owens
Stan D. Owens

sowens@vanwertcounty.org

First date of office:
January 3, 2013

Term expires:
January 2, 2021

Party affiliation:
Republican

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Todd Wolfrum
Todd Wolfrum

twolfrum@vanwertcounty.org

First date of office:
January 2, 2013

Term expires:
January 1, 2021

Party affiliation:
Republican

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THADLICHTENSTEIGER
Thad Lichtensteiger

tlichtensteiger@vanwertcounty.org

First date of office:
January 1, 2011

Term expires:
December 31, 2022

Party affiliation:
Republican

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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


Commissioner's Corner

Commissioners Corner


Click the link below for the 2019 Holiday Schedule:

2019.01.14 Resolution – Set Holiday Schedule for 2019

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Click the link below to view the Policy Handbook for Employees of Van Wert County:

Employee Handbook 2017.05.18 – Final


Click the links below for information regarding medical insurance for County employees:

         2018 & 2019 Med Ins – County Employees

Anthem – CEBCO Van Wert County


Click the links below for information regarding dental insurance for County employees:

Delta Dental PPO

Delta Dental – Dentists


Click the link below for information regarding the 2019 Medical Benefit Booklet for County employees:

2019 CEBCO Van Wert County Medical pkg 086


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

GovDeals Legal Notice 2019

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project – Updates

The Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot has new parking spots! The parking lot is still closed as they finish up, but the project is getting closer to completion.

     

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Disabled American Veterans’ Forget-Me-Not Days, June 8-9, 2019

The Commissioners proclaimed June 8-9, 2019 as Forget-Me-Not Days in Van Wert County.  The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) started Forget-Me-Not Days to remind Americans of the sacrifices returning soldiers have made.

2019.05.21 Proclamation – DAV Forget-Me-Not Days 2019.06.08-2019.06.09

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Delphos St. John’s 8th Grade Student Tour:

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Van Wert County Commissioners hosted 8th grade students from Delphos St. John’s.  The Commissioners talked to the students about the history of the county and some of the job responsibilities they have as Commissioner.

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Celebration at the Van Wert County Regional Airport – Walter Hinton Airfield

The Van Wert County Commissioners attended the Walter Hinton 100th Anniversary of the first airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean, on Saturday, May, 28, 2019 at the Van Wert County Regional Airport.  The Commissioners presented a proclamation in honor of the anniversary of the historic flight and designating the airport as the Walter Hinton Airfield.

Photo Credit – Times Bulletin.
(L to R) Mayor Jerry Mazur and Commissioners Stan Owens, Thad Lichtensteiger, and Todd Wolfrum.

2019.05.16 Proclamation – Pilot Walter Hinton World Record 100th Anniversary

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project – Updates

The Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project keeps moving closer to completion.

 

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Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15, 2019 & National Police Week: May 12-18, 2019

Van Wert County Commissioners enjoyed a visit from some of the Officers from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Van Wert Police Department, on Tuesday, May 14, as they proclaimed Peace Officers Memorial Day in Van Wert County as May 15, 2019, and National Police Week in Van Wert County as May 12, 2019, through May 18, 2019.  The Commissioners would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of the men and women serving the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Van Wert’s Police Department, and the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

                       

2019.05.14 Proclamation – Peace Officers Memorial Day 2019.05.15 & National Police Week 2019.05.12-2019.05.18

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project – Updates

The Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project keeps moving along.

 

 

  

 

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project – Updates

The Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project continues to progress everyday, even with the rainy weather.

 

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project – Updates

Progress continues on the Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project.

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National Day of Prayer: May 2, 2019

Van Wert County Commissioners proclaimed May 2, 2019 as National Day of Prayer in Van Wert County.

2019.04.25 Proclamation – National Day of Prayer 2019.05.02

Pictured above:
Left to Right: Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger, Pastor Paul Hamrick, Commissioner Todd Wolfrum, and Commissioner Stan Owens

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project – Updates

Progress on the Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project continues.

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Denim Day 2019 – Wednesday, April 24

Van Wert County Employees participated in Denim Day, organized by the YWCA of Van Wert County, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.  National Denim Day was established in the U.S. in 1999 during the month of April, Sexual Assault Awareness month, and has been a valuable awareness event.

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project – Updates

The Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project continues.

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Public Safety Telecommunicators Week: April 14 – 20

Van Wert County Commissioners Thad Lichtensteiger and Stan Owens enjoyed a visit from some of the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Communications Officers and the City of Van Wert Police Department’s Dispatchers, and proclaimed Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Van Wert County as April 14, 2019, through April 20, 2019.

2019.04.18 Proclamation – Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2019

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project Start

The Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project was started on Monday, April 15, and is currently underway.

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Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project/Street Closure Notice

Please click the Press Release link below on information pertaining to the Van Wert County Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project and the street closures effected by the project.

Press Release – Courthouse Parking Lot Improvements Project 2019

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Ohio 4-H Week in Van Wert County: March 10-16, 2019

March 12, 2019 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners enjoyed a visit from 4-H Ambassador, David May, and proclaimed Ohio 4-H Week in Van Wert County as March 10, 2019, through March 16, 2019.  Accompanying David were Heather Gottke, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and Rachel Hoverman, Program Coordinator, OSU Extension, and Pam May.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2019.03.12 Proclamation – Van Wert County 4-H Week 2019.03.10-2019.03.16

 

Pictured above:
Back Row (left to right): Commissioners Stan Owens and Todd Wolfrum
Front Row (left to right): 4-H Ambassador David May and Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger

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Thank You, Nancy!

The Van Wert County Commissioners attended the retirement party of Nancy Dixon, Van Wert County Auditor, on March 8th and thanked her for her hard work and dedication to the county for 60 years!

Pictured above:
(Left to Right): Commissioner Stan Owens, Auditor Nancy Dixon, Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger, and Commissioner Todd Wolfrum

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Vehicle Bid Notice & Invitation

The Van Wert County Commissioners, on behalf of the Van Wert County Department of Job and Family Services, are seeking bids to lease a seven (7) passenger mini-van or comparable vehicle.  Deadline for submitting bids is at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, with the bid opening occurring at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Please click on the link below for more information.

VWCDJFS – NET Van Lease – Bid Notice & Invitation to Bid 2019

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COUNTY OFFICES CLOSING JANUARY 30-31, 2019, FOR EXTREME COLD WEATHER

The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners has made the decision to close Van Wert County offices on January 30-31, 2019, for extreme cold weather.  This includes the Van Wert County Courthouse, Annex, Department of Job and Family Services, and other County offices.  The Commissioners urge all residents to travel only as necessary and with extreme caution during the upcoming extreme weather conditions.

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Jan. 26 – Commissioner Lichtensteiger and Commissioner Wolfrum were judges for the Northwest Ohio Qualifier Robotics competition, which took place at Van Wert High School.

County Commissioners Thad Lichtensteiger and Todd Wolfrum at the Van Wert Robotics competition.

 

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COURTHOUSE CLOSING DECEMBER 18, 2018, FROM 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

The Van Wert County Courthouse will be closed on December 18, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a Christmas Luncheon for all staff.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Press Release – December 5, 2018

VWCDJFS DIRECTOR CHANGE

Marcia Drake has announced her upcoming retirement from the Van Wert County Department of Job and Family Services (VWCDJFS) effective December 31, 2018.

During her 21-year tenure at the VWCDJFS, Drake has been a valuable and productive employee to the County.  Serving as Business Administrator of the Fiscal Department and most recently as the Director of the VWCDJFS since 2014, Drake’s knowledge and experience alone will be tough to replace.

Drake’s successor, Erinn Mendenhall-Sellers, was chosen by the Van Wert County Commissioners because she brings many of her own strengths to the position.  Namely, Mendenhall-Sellers has worked for the Allen County Department of Job and Family Services (ACDJFS) for over 20 years.  She has experience managing a number of different programs within the ACDJFS and looks forward to being able to make a positive impact on the community in which she was born and raised.

Mendenhall-Sellers is a Lincolnview graduate and lives in Van Wert County.  She will bring the same positive attitude and strength of character to the workplace that Drake will leave behind.

Drake’s last day of employment is scheduled for Monday, December 31, 2018.  Her service to the County has been exemplary and much appreciated.  The Commissioners would like to formally thank Drake for her 21 years of service to the County.

Mendenhall-Sellers’ first day of employment with the VWCDJFS is scheduled for Thursday, December 6, 2018.

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November 27, 2018

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ATTENTION: OPERS RETIREES

Upcoming Meeting Notice – “How to Use Your HRA Account”

A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the Marsh Foundation, 1229 Lincoln Highway, Van Wert, Ohio, 45891, to provide information regarding the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) offered through OPERS.  A representative from OPERS will be in attendance to give a presentation titled, “How to Use Your HRA Account.”

If you are an OPERS retiree, are 65 or over, and meet the OPERS health care requirements, you may want to attend this meeting.  You may also want to attend this meeting to plan for your retirement needs if you are nearing that point in your life.

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NOTICE REGARDING COURTHOUSE ELEVATOR

The elevator at the Van Wert County Courthouse will be shut down for repairs beginning November 5, 2018, at lasting approximately 3-4 weeks.  If you need assistance during this time and are unable to take the stairs, we welcome your telephone calls to accommodate your needs.  For a telephone directory, please click on the link below.  Thank you!

Van Wert County Officials

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Fran DeWine Visits Van Wert County!

September, 2018

Please click on the link below to view article:

https://timesbulletin.com/Content/Default/Homepage-Rotator/Article/Fran-DeWine-visits-Van-Wert-County/-3/1168/216676 

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August 31, 2018 – The Commissioners were honored to attend the retirement party of Beverly Fuerst, Van Wert County Treasurer.  Mrs. Fuerst has been the County Treasurer since 2002, 16 years, and a County employee for a total of 24 years.  Mrs. Fuerst served as the 25th Treasurer of Van Wert County and was also the first female Treasurer of Van Wert County.  Mrs. Fuerst will retire from her duties so long performed with integrity, loyalty, efficiency, and diligence.  She will be missed, and we all wish her the very best!

    

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August 23, 2018 – The Commissioners visited the Van Wert County Solid Waste Management District to see their new baler in operation.  This upgrade was much-needed and will allow the facility to continue its mission “to provide waste reduction services and opportunities in a manner that exceeds the expectations of its customers and the communities it serves.”

  

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August 2, 2018 – The Commissioners visited Wyandot County to learn more about solar energy and to visit an existing solar array site.

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May 15, 2018 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners declared May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13-19, 2018, 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.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2018.05.15 Proclamation – Peace Officers Memorial Day 2018.05.15 and National Police Week 2018.05.13-2018.05.19

Pictured above:
Front: Officer Shane Stabler, Van Wert City Police Department, and Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office
Back: County Commissioners Todd Wolfrum and Stan Owens

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April 24, 2018 – Along with the Ohio Governor’s Office, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and the Tri-County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, the Board of Van Wert County Commissioners recognized Van Wert County First Responders for their outstanding efforts in their fight against Van Wert County’s opioid epidemic.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2018.04.24 Proclamation – Recognize Van Wert County First Responders

Bringing Help.  Bringing Hope.  Thank You.

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RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC AGGREGATION UPDATE

April 24, 2018

We have been notified that AEP Energy, Inc. will be issuing full credits to the Van Wert County aggregation participants on billing cycles 1-4 who were picked up a month late due to the enrollment error.  The credits will vary by customer as they will be based upon each account’s actual usage and will probably be on their June billing as it will take some time for AEP Energy, Inc. to get the data and run numbers.  For an average household that uses 1,000 Kwh per month, that would be a credit in the $9-$10 range.

AEP Energy, Inc. estimates that there were approximately 2400 customers that fell into these billing cycles.

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  April 19, 2018 – 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, Correctional Facility, and Election Board.

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April 17, 2018 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners recognized the National Day of Prayer in Van Wert County as May 3, 2018, 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.  This year’s theme is unity.  #PRAY4UNITY.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2018.04.17 Proclamation – National Day of Prayer 2018.05.03

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April 12, 2018 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners wishes to express its full support for the Epidemic of Hope events, drug prevention presentations, and speakers coming to Van Wert County this weekend.  Pictured above with Pastor Paul Hamrick, the Commissioners officially proclaimed their support for the Epidemic of Hope.  Fighting the opioid epidemic is one of the Commissioners’ top priorities.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2018.04.12 Proclamation – Support Epidemic of Hope in Van Wert County 2018.04.14-15

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April 10, 2018 – As pictured above, the Board of Van Wert County Commissioners met with Kim Brandt, Van Wert County 9-1-1 Director, to recognize and proclaim April 8-14, 2018, as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  The Commissioners send their thanks and appreciation to all public safety telecommunicators and dispatchers.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2018.04.10 Proclamation – Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2018

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March 22, 2018 – As pictured above, the Board of Van Wert County Commissioners had a wonderful meet and greet with local residents, Audra and Asher, this morning to recognize and proclaim March, 2018, as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2018.03.22 Proclamation – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – March 2018

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March 6, 2018 – 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 4, 2018, through March 10, 2018.  The Buckeye Ambassadors were accompanied by Heather Gottke, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and Rachel Hoverman, Program Coordinator, OSU Extension.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2018.03.06 Proclamation – 4-H Week 2018.03.04-2018.03.10

Pictured above:
Back Row (left to right): Heather Gottke, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, OSU Extension; County Commissioners Thad Lichtensteiger, Stan Owens, and Todd Wolfrum; and Rachel Hoverman, Program Coordinator, OSU Extension
Front Row (left to right): Buckeye Ambassadors Brett Schumm, Sam Price, Austin Sorgen, Abbey Bradford, and Evan Scarlett

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RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC AGGREGATION UPDATE

The County’s Agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions will be expiring in March, 2018.  Last summer/fall, the Commissioners worked through a bidding/request for proposal process to find the best and lowest price/kWh for our local residents in the electric aggregation program.  AEP Energy, Inc. won this bidding process with a rate of $0.04988/kWh.  The Agreement with AEP Energy, Inc. is effective from March, 2018 – March, 2021.  Please contact us at (419) 238-6159 with any questions.

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January 18, 2018 – Commissioners Stan Owens and Thad Lichtensteiger visited local business, KAM Manufacturing, for an informational visit and tour of the facility.

Pictured above:
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County Commissioner Stan Owens; Randy Adams, KAM Manufacturing; Mayor Jerry Mazur, City of Van Wert; County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger; Ty Coil, KAM Manufacturing; Ollie Adams, KAM Manufacturing; and Stacy Adam, Executive Director, Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation

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September 28, 2017 – Click the link below to view a Letter of Notification from American Electric Power regarding the Haviland-North Delphos 138kV Transmission Line Project.

Haviland-North Delphos Transmission Line Project


February 13, 1936 – September 28, 2017

In Memory of Larry “Moe” Davis. He will be missed greatly!


September 6, 2017 – Van Wert County employees took the pledge to end distracted driving!


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August 3, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners toured the Venedocia Memorial Park today courtesy of local resident, John C. Lloyd.  Rich in history, the Venedocia Memorial Park contains a restored cannon, along with school and community memorabilia.  A hidden treasure found on the outskirts of Venedocia, the park is a beautiful, peaceful place, and it was an honor to tour the grounds.  Thank you, Mr. Lloyd!


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July, 2017 – Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger recently attended the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner and was fortunate enough to meet the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.

 


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May 25, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners declared June 3-4, 2017, as the Disabled American Veterans Forget-Me-Not Days in Van Wert County to express their continuing sense of gratitude to those disabled veterans who have done so much to preserve the American way of life.  Thank you to all of those brave men and women!  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2017.05.25 Proclamation – DAV Forget-Me-Not Days 2017.06.03-2017.06.04

Pictured above:
Front (left to right): Veterans Bob Habern, Paul Wilson, Ashley Showalter, and Merl Saam
Back (left to right): County Commissioners Thad Lichtensteiger, Stan Owens, and Todd Wolfrum

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May 18, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners declared May 15, 2017, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14-20, 2017, 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.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2017.05.18 Proclamation – Peace Officers Memorial Day 2017.05.15 and National Police Week 2017.05.14-2017.05.20

Pictured above:
Front (left to right): Law enforcement officer representing the Van Wert City Police Department, Lieutenant Jeffrey Hammons, and law enforcement officers representing the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Colleen Wiley and Deputy Chad Thornell
Back (left to right): County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger, law enforcement officers representing the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Nathan Huebner and Detective Sergeant Adam Clark, and County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum

May 11, 2017

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May 11, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners hosted Todd Kiser, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class student, as part of Mr. Kiser’s class requirements.  Mr. Kiser is an Indiana native and now resides and works in Van Wert County.  It was a pleasure to meet with him, and we had a great discussion about Van Wert County.  We wish Mr. Kiser the best, along with all of his classmates, as well!

Pictured above: County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger, Leadership Class student, Todd Kiser, County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum, and County Commissioner Stan Owens


 

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May 2, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners recognized the National Day of Prayer in Van Wert County as May 4, 2017, 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.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2017.05.02 Proclamation – National Day of Prayer 2017.05.04

Pictured above:
County Commissioners Todd Wolfrum, Thad Lichtensteiger, and Stan Owens with Pastor Paul Hamrick representing the Van Wert County Ministerial Association

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April 26, 2017 – The YWCA of Van Wert County asked community members, elected officials, business people, and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault, to support victims of sexual assault, and to promote peace over violence.  Pictured above are some Van Wert County employees from various departments who participated in Denim Day 2017.


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April 18, 2017 – 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, Correctional Facility, and Election Board.


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April 13, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners, along with other local and state public officials, attended a luncheon at Wild Willy’s to recognize and honor public safety telecommunicators and dispatchers.  In addition, the Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 9-15, 2017, as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  The Commissioners send their thanks to all public safety telecommunicators and dispatchers.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

2017.04.13 Proclamation – Telecommunicators Week 2017


The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners and the Mayor

March 30, 2017 – The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners and the Mayor of the City of Van Wert reaffirmed the commitment of Van Wert County and City to help victims of crime rebuild their lives through supportive services and victim compensation by proclaiming the week of April 2-8, 2017, as Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  To view the Proclamation approved by the Commissioners, please click on the link below.

Pictured above:
Front (left to right): Jody Wannemacher, YWCA; Christina Eversole, Crime Victims’ Services; and Kathy Taylor, Crisis Care Line/House of Transition
Back (left to right): County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum; Mayor Jerry Mazur, City of Van Wert; and County Commissioner Stan Owens

The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners

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

The Board of Van Wert County Commissioners

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

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!


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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.


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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.


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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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.


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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 help 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

 


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.


  Constitution Window- Constitution Window--4

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

www.stainedglasshelp.com

(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.