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A former member of the Ottawa County Board of Commissions is back on the board.

Mark Stahl was appointed to the seat recently vacated by Steve Arndt.

Stahl will fill Arndt’s unexpired term through Jan. 1, 2017.

A former Allen Township trustee, Stahl was elected to the board of commissioners in 2008 in a race for the seat held by Carl Koebel, who retired from the board.

Stahl lost his bid for re-election in 2012 to JoEllen Regal, who was county auditor at the time.

Regal and Jim Sass are currently on the board.

“It’s a good opportunity for me to get back in the seat,” Stahl said. “I fully intend to run for re-election to the seat in November of next year. One of the biggest issues we face right now is the health of Lake Erie. A lot of household incomes depend on it. We basically have an economy within an economy and our drinking water comes from there. So I think I’m speaking for the commissioners as a group when I say we’re going to have to do our best to keep it clean.”

Stahl was sworn in by Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters.

Arndt resigned the seat after being appointed to the state legislature as representative of the 89th House District to replace Steve Kraus, who was forced to resign after a theft conviction

Arndt will complete the remainder of the Kraus term which ends December 2016. He then intends to run for a full term.



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