Thomas L. Cashen III and Ron E. Distel have been appointed commissioners on the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission Board. They were sworn in Jan. 9 by Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters.
Cashen, who will represent the American Legion, was appointed to fill a one-year term. He is a Persian Gulf War veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Navy.
Distel began representing the veteran community as a member-at-large in January 2009. Throughout his tenure, he has been a voice for the 3,600 veterans in Ottawa County and their dependents. A Vietnam War veteran, he served honorably in the U.S. Air Force.
Wood County Common Pleas Court judges Robert Pollex, Reeve Kelsey and Alan Mayberry, as well as Probate and Juvenile Court Judge David Woessner, have organized for 2014.
Judge Pollex has been selected as Administrative Judge for 2014. He will be responsible for the overall administration of the docket and calendar for the court.
Judge Woessner will act as Presiding Judge. His duties will include conducting meetings of the judges, making appointments and other statutory functions.
The judges named Judge Kelsey as the Court Security Judge and the court’s representative to the Maumee Conservancy District Court. Judge Mayberry was named the primary General Division Judge assigned to the probate and juvenile divisions as necessary.