New sheriff sets administrative staff
Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick has appointed Jeffrey Hickman to be Chief Deputy and Brad York to the Captain of Operations position.
The sheriff said Hickman, who has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, is an asset to the community and department and is able to work “with the public as well as the sheriff’s office staff.”
York will fill the Captain of Operations post on Nov. 6, replacing Olen Martin, who has accepted a position with another law enforcement agency.
York has 25 years of experience and was most recently a sergeant in the road patrol division.
Director of Administration, Rhonda St. Clair and Director of Finance, Callie Kihlken, will remain in the posts they held when Sheriff Levorchick’s predecessor, Robert Bratton, was in office.
Levorchick, a former captain in the sheriff’s department, is filling the remaining term of Bratton, who resigned to become the police chief in the Village of Genoa.
The Ottawa County Democratic Central Committee, by a unanimous voice vote earlier this month, chose Levorchick as Bratton’s replacement.
The Ohio Environmental Council has named State Rep. Dennis Murray (D-Sandusky) the council’s Public Servant of the Year. The award is in recognition of Rep. Murray’s “significant contributions to securing healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.”
“Representative Murray is one of Mother Nature’s most stalwart friends at the Ohio Statehouse. This year, alone, he spoke truth to power during not one, but two high-profile, high-stakes debates. He lead the fight against oil and gas drilling in Ohio’s state parks and against a flawed scheme to allow massive water withdrawals from Lake Erie,” said Jack Shaner, Deputy Director for the Ohio Environmental Council. “Somewhere, somehow, someone is always scheming hot to take advantage of our natural world. But as long as he is in the General Assembly, Dennis Murray will be there to balance the scales. Ohioans are better off, thanks to this true public servant.”
Elections board to meet
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. to open absentee ballots and distribute election material.
The board will meet at its office, 8444 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.