Deputies of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department have selected Dean Hammer as Deputy of the Year.
A luncheon and award presentation was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton.
A lifelong resident of Ottawa County, Deputy Hammer began his career with the department in November, 1995 after working with the Ottawa County Juvenile Court.
His first assignment was that of a corrections deputy and he was later reassigned to the inmate work program.
He is also a member of the department’s Special Response Team and works with the sheriff’s Marine Patrol Program.
The department has received word from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources the Marine Patrol Program is receiving a $28,818 grant for 2009.
The grant funding, in addition to donations of $6,000 each from Catawba Island and Danbury townships, will be used to cover expenses for salaries, fuel, and supplies for the program.
Bob Brown, owner of Northwest Catawba Marina, donates dock space each year for the marine patrol boat and another boat used by the sheriff department’s underwater response team.
This is the 13th year the sheriff’s department has participated in the Division of Watercraft Marine Patrol Program.
Twelve deputies are certified as marine patrol officers.
Joel Mann and Jennifer Widmer have announced they’re forming the Ottawa County Young Republicans for those between the ages of 18 and 40.
They described their venture as “…in the beginning stages” and said they would like to have input from anyone interested in joining.
Family council meeting
The Ottawa County Family Advisory Council will meet May 15 at 10 a.m. at the county’s Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 235 N. Toussaint South Rd, Oak Harbor. The guest speaker is Tory Heilman from The Ability Center in Ottawa County. For information call 567-262-3100.