Government

Bob Mack opts out of race for Ohio House

By BG INDEPENDENT NEWS Bob Mack, a Perrysburg Township trustee and commercial real estate developer, has opted not to run for the Ohio State House. The vacancy was created when the incumbent, Tim Brown, of Bowling Green, was hired as executive director of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Mack was considering the run, but said this morning (June 27) that “to be in that race you need to be 110 percent and I wasn’t sure I could get to that level.” Family obligations and his partnership in the commercial real estate firm Signature Associates, which is involved in commercial and industrial sales and leasing, prevent him from meeting the demands of the race. Mack said there’s unfinished business in Perrysburg Township he’d like to address. “Perhaps I can have greater impact on a more local level.” The Republicans have until Aug. 15 to name someone for the November ballot. Michael Marsh, the GOP county chairman, said others have expressed interest. Two Democrats have said they will run business proprietor Kelly Wicks, who ran for the seat in 2012, and Bowling Green City Councilor Daniel Gordon. The county Democrats are scheduled to meet Thursday (June 30) to decide who to nominate.  


Water & sewer district wants to know how it’s doing

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water & Sewer District recently launched a digital survey to its customers, contractors, vendors, and other organizations it deals with to gauge satisfaction levels and the quality of the work the District does. According to Jerry Greiner, President of Northwestern Water Sewer District, “We need feedback so we can see how we are doing, and just as importantly, find out what we could do better.” Greiner continues “Primarily we are focusing on our customers, but we also want feedback from organizations we do business with such as our contractors, other government agencies, and even media organizations.” The survey strives to create a baseline or current snapshot of satisfaction and quality, and then will proceed with a comprehensive analysis of the data and information. According to Gavin Smith, Director of GIS and IT at the District “We are going to intently study the results and communicate the results in a way that illustrates our current position across many measured factors, but then we will use this as a starting point to help us keep our strengths impactful while identifying and correcting weaknesses.” Additionally, the District plans follow up surveys, and maybe even focus groups, on a consistent long term schedule to create a constant feedback loop. Freelance marketer and public relations guru Tom Konecny, who helps the District with these types of tasks adds “Evaluation and continuous improvement is critical. For example, a laborer in a factory, a teller at a bank, or even a nurse at a hospital are continually evaluated so that current performance is measured and future performance is enhanced- certainly organizations should do this as well!” The District asks that its customers and all the other organizations associated with them take a brief five minutes to complete this survey. The survey is readily available on the District website. www.nwwwsd.org. The survey is also available on the NWWSD Facebook Page and Twitter feed.


Fair building to be fit for cattle and catered dinners

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The Wood County Fairgrounds is packed with people for a few days each summer. The rest of the year, it’s pretty much a ghost town. But the fair board has a plan to change that – building a $3.2 million year-round facility made to handle both smelly livestock shows and fancy catered dinners. “We want to put the fairgrounds on the map for year-round use, rather than just six days,” Matt Hughes, of Fair Funding, said to the Wood County commissioners on Thursday. Hughes said the acreage at the corner of West Poe and Haskins roads hosts about 125,000 visitors each year for the county fair. A few days after the fair, the grounds are flooded for the National Tractor Pulling Championships. Other than that, you can hear crickets chirping. But to make the 46,000-square-foot building a reality, Hughes said donations are being sought from every possible source. And Thursday, he made a pitch to the county commissioners as one of those possible sources. “Our hope is you folks would consider a partnership,” he said. “A lot of your population has an interest in the fair,” Hughes said. The fundraising has been going on now about 60 days, with approximately $750,000 secured so far, Hughes said. Those organizing the project are looking for one-time donations, annual contributions, in-kind materials or services and endowments. Hughes told the commissioners the county fairs that are going to still exist in 20 years are those that think beyond the six days of the fair, and plan “beyond bake sales.” He said the commissioners’ help with construction or ongoing maintenance would be helpful. The proposed multi-purpose building will have a dozen 24- by 16-foot garage doors, a catering kitchen, heating and air conditioning so it can be used year-round. The site will be rented out, and will be able to seat 2,000 for dining. To make room of the new facility, the five buildings north of the Fine Arts Building will be torn down. Construction will take six to eight months to complete. Commissioner Doris Herringshaw asked how the same site will be able to host both cattle and catered dinners. “What about the aroma in the air you might not want to have when you have a banquet,” she asked. Hughes said all the garage doors will be open during livestock shows, allowing the odors to dissipate. The large doors “make the building so functional,” he said. The garage doors will also allow big pieces of equipment, like farm combines or recreation vehicles, to be displayed in the building during winter events. The site could also be used for winter horse shows. “The idea is to build it and get as many people in it as possible,” Hughes said. Retired Wood County commissioner Jim Carter attended the meeting Thursday on the…


Wood County Landfill running out of room

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The Wood County Landfill is running out of room even faster than predicted. When 2016 rolled around, it looked as if the existing permitted space at the landfill would last another 11 years. By Tuesday, that remaining lifespan had shortened to eight to 10 years. The news was presented to the county commissioners on Tuesday by landfill staff and consultants. The reason for the faster filling is three-fold. First, the Henry County landfill closed, resulting in much of the garbage from that neighboring county coming to Wood County. Second, as the economy rebounds, the increase in new construction creates more debris, and people tend to buy new items and throw out the old, rather than stretching out their usefulness. And third, improvements at Wood County Landfill are making it more attractive to waste haulers, said Ken Vollmar, landfill manager. The Wood County Landfill received 38,000 tons of trash in 2014, which jumped to 49,000 tons last year. At the current rate, this year’s tonnage may top off over 60,000 tons. The landfill area covers more than 100 acres, with 43 of those in the current footprint approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for dumping. The site has about 60 more usable acres – and depending on the tonnage, the landfill has between 50 and 75 more good years, according to Shawn McGee, of Hull and Associates, consultants to the county. But McGee warned that while the lifespan of the current permitted area is eight to 10 years, the county needs to get working on the expansion now. It takes three to four years for the EPA to review an expansion plan, plus time to do more borings and install new monitoring wells. “We’re getting to a crunch time,” Vollmar said. After the permit is granted, a lot of preparation work needs to be done at the landfill, he said. Vollmar reminded the commissioners of the landfill coming close to running out of permitted space in the early 1990s. The first phase of the proposed expansion would “piggyback” on top of a section already being used. The landfill is allowed to reach a height just over 100 feet. The commissioners were also presented with some costly equipment requests at the landfill adding up to more than $1 million. One of two compactors needs to be replaced, as well as a small loader. The compactor originally was priced at $940,000, but with a government discount it will cost $752,000. The loader will cost $280,000. The county would finance the equipment over several years. “We’re taking more tonnage. We’re using the equipment more,” Vollmar said. “We have to have this to operate.” The commissioners asked Vollmar what would happen if they didn’t approve the equipment purchases. He said the repair budget would need to be increased. “Plus they are…


BG debates new restrictions for garbage bins

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bob McOmber never expected his job on city council would mean cruising through neighborhoods scouting out garbage bins. “I’ve spent more time than I could ever imagine looking at trash receptacles,” McOmber said Monday evening. He isn’t alone. Fellow Bowling Green council members Daniel Gordon and John Zanfardino have also been driving city streets trying to come up with reasonable rules for garbage bins. The three discussed possible rule changes Monday evening during a Community Improvement Committee meeting before the council meeting. Brian Craft, city utilities director, suggested the rules require all bins to have lids closed when placed out at the curb. Any bin with a “pyramid of garbage” will not be picked up, for two reasons, Craft said. First, when being lifted, the tall trash often spills on the ground, and second, if the lid blows open it can be broken off by the arm that lifts the trash into the truck. Craft also suggested that bins sitting out along the road on non-collection days be picked up by the city, with a citation and $25 fine given to the resident. Just today, the trash crew picked up bins at the curb on East Reed Street after neighbors complained. “The containers were sitting on the curb for weeks on end,” he said. “That’s the hammer to get people’s attention.” Zanfardino asked if civil infractions could be issued rather than the cans being confiscated. But Craft said that response would be too slow for most unhappy neighbors. “A citation doesn’t really correct the problem,” he said. The biggest issue, however, remains unsolved. That is – where can residents store their trash bins on days when they are not being collected at the curb? Gordon said he has received several emails from residents wanting simple language explaining where the bins can be stored. Most agree the cans should not be stored in front of a home. Zanfardino said 16 citizens sent emails to all members of council, with 15 supporting restrictions. Such a response was notable, he said. “When people take the time to address full council, it’s significant.” But McOmber cautioned that if council adopts language banning garbage bins from being visible from the street, more than a couple thousand homes may be affected. Not everyone has a garage large enough for storing the cans. “We’re legislating for the masses,” he said. “The whole community isn’t Stone Ridge or Larch Landing.” One option would be to allow trash cans on the side of homes, as long as screening covers them from view. Zanfardino asked if the city could adopt some type of nuisance ordinance for residents whose bins and litter become eyesores, such as “pyramids of trash.” But Gordon warned that the city shouldn’t water down any rules. Other communities, such as Kent, have implemented rules…


Bob Mack voices interest in state rep seat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Tim Brown’s plan to resign as state representative for Wood County has left a big hole for local Republicans to fill. But Bob Mack, Perrysburg Township trustee, would like a chance at the job. “This all came about rather quickly,” Mack said Monday afternoon. And so far, Mack is the only Republican to state a commitment to run. The party has until Aug. 15 to pick a replacement for Brown to appear on the November ballot. Mack believes he has the qualifications for the legislative position. “I don’t want to do anything in my life unless I’m uniquely qualified to do so,” he said. Mack said he has spent 28 years in the “trenches of commercial real estate.” And he is in the middle of his fourth term as Perrysburg Township trustee. “I understand both the pressures of government funding and needing to make ends meet,” he said. Mack said he also served at least a decade on an ODNR coastal resources advisory commission. Though Mack is not up for re-election as township trustee this year, if he is chosen by the Republican House leadership to fill in Brown’s seat, he will have to relinquish his township position. “I have very mixed emotions,” Mack said. “It gives me a little bit of angst. We always have unfinished business in township government.” But if elected to the state legislature, Mack might be able to continue working on one of those items of unfinished business. One of his goals as a township trustee was to lead the township to a Wood County water service or get a more reasonable water contract with Toledo. “I could still have a voice in resolving water issues,” he said. Brown’s move to the director’s position at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments will allow him to play a role in the water rates equalization conversation being held now in the region, Mack said. “It’s a phenomenal move for Tim, and even a better move for Wood County,” Mack said. “It’s a big deal.” If elected, Mack said he would continue to work in real estate, which would allow him the flexibility to serve as a legislator. He noted that it is quite common for state representatives to hold “day jobs” in addition to their legislative work. Mike Marsh, head of the Wood County Republican Party, said he has heard from other party members who are interested in the Statehouse seat. But so far, Mack is the only one who has expressed definite plans. “He’s the only one that I’ve heard from who’s sure he’s doing it,” Marsh said. As of earlier today, two local Democrats had stated intentions to file applications to appear on the fall ballot for the empty seat – Daniel Gordon and Kelly Wicks. The Wood County Democratic Party…


Kelly Wicks eyes open state representative seat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News     Kelly Wicks, a Bowling Green Democrat who ran for state representative in 2012, would like to take another run at the legislative office now that his former competitor, Tim Brown, has left the race. “With the sudden resignation of Tim Brown, it put a whole new spin on the election in November,” Wicks said Monday afternoon. Since Brown, a Republican, announced last week that he was resigning to take the top position with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, Wicks said he has been approached by local constituents about applying for the position. “They asked if I would be willing to step up and make another run,” he said. After a great deal of talk with family members, who would be most affected by a campaign, Wicks decided to put his name in the race. “Ultimately, it will be up to the Democratic Central Committee,” he said. That committee will review all the Democratic applications, then make a decision who will appear on the Wood County ballot. Wicks said his strongest qualifications are his willingness to be available to constituents and his experience running a business, Grounds for Thought in downtown Bowling Green. “I think my three decades of private sector work make me a good candidate,” he said. “I would be able to hit the ground running.” Wicks praised Brown’s efforts at the Statehouse, and said he looks forward to working with Brown on TMACOG issues such as high speed rail transportation. State Rep. Tim Brown’s decision to resign from the Statehouse has given the Wood County Democratic Party a glimmer of hope that it has a chance to take the state seat. Wicks is the second local Democrat to make an official announcement of his interest in the seat. The first was Bowling Green Councilman Daniel Gordon. There is already a Democrat on the ballot for state representative, but David Walters, of Bowling Green, has stated he plans to resign his place on the ballot for the Statehouse. According to Mike Zickar, head of the Wood County Democratic Party, the process for finding a replacement candidate will be made in the next few days. The new candidates from both parties for the state representative seat must be filed with the Wood County Board of Elections by Aug. 15.  Any Democrat interested is encouraged to send a resume to mikezickar@yahoo.com. Brown’s departure has also opened wide a possibility for another Republican to move into the state representative seat. “I have not heard from anyone,” Brown said about potential candidates last Thursday. “I’m sure there will be a lot of people thinking about it. This area is rich with talent.”    


Daniel Gordon to pursue state representative seat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   State Rep. Tim Brown’s decision to resign from the Statehouse has set the dominoes in motion. His departure has given the Wood County Democratic Party a glimmer of hope that it has a chance to take the state seat. The first local Democrat to officially state his interest in the legislative seat after Brown’s announcement is Bowling Green Councilman Daniel Gordon. But first, the Democrat currently on the ballot, David Walters, of Bowling Green, has to resign his place on the Democratic ballot for the Ohio State House of Representatives. And Sunday evening, Walters announced his plans to bail. “Tim Brown has been a dedicated public servant to the residents of Wood County for many years and has done a commendable job of representing the best interests of our county,” Walters stated in a press release. “However, like Representative Brown, I feel that my calling now lies away from elected office and so it has become imperative that we put forward a candidate who can continue his legacy of placing the interests of Wood County residents above partisan politics.” And that will make room for Gordon, whom Walters endorsed. “While I remain passionate about the issues affecting Wood County, I feel that there is a person better suited to represent our community than myself. That individual is Bowling Green City Councilman Daniel Gordon,” Walters said. But Gordon may be just one of several Democrats eyeing the seat. According to Mike Zickar, head of the Wood County Democratic Party, the process for finding a replacement candidate will be made in the next few days. The new candidates from both parties for the state representative seat must be filed with the Wood County Board of Elections by Aug. 15.  Any Democrat interested is encouraged to send a resume to mikezickar@yahoo.com. Gordon, in his third term as First Ward councilman, said he has been focused on making improvements in Bowling Green, such as the creation of Ridge Park, Complete Streets program, and neighborhood revitalization. However, when Brown announced his resignation, the Democratic party’s search began. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing about this opportunity,” Gordon said. “My goal has always been about making life better for people,” he said. That focus can be transferred to the state level, where Gordon believes he can make an even bigger impact. “I would be honored if they chose me,” he said. Gordon is not up for re-election this year for city council, so he won’t be risking that position if he runs for the Statehouse. Brown’s departure has also opened wide a possibility for another Republican to move into the state representative seat. “I have not heard from anyone,” Brown said about potential candidates last Thursday. “I’m sure there will be a lot of people thinking about it. This area is rich with talent.”…


Buckeye Boys State says farewell to BGSU

  By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Buckeye Boys State ended Sunday with the traditional call: “We’re adjourned.” Those words had special resonance at Bowling Green State University where the government education program has made its home for the past 39 Junes. Next year when the American Legion-sponsored program convenes, it will be at Miami University. The program’s board of trustees voted Thursday evening to approve a five-year contract to move the program to Miami University, dashing the hopes of locals who wanted to keep it here. The move had been rumored for weeks and had even been prematurely announced on two occasions earlier this year. The vote, said Boys state spokesman Jim Koppin, was not close. When all was said and down, it was a business decision. Despite a last-minute proposal matching Miami’s offer, “Bowling Green never came up with a proposal we could live it. As one local resident said, ‘it was too little, too late.’” Mayor Dick Edwards said on Friday he’d been told BGSU’s initial offer was an increase of 41 percent. Koppin said he’s been told the same figure. A jump in the cost of that magnitude would have been difficult for Legion posts around the state to absorb. All the delegates’ expenses are paid. It costs $300 to send a high school junior to the program. This year 1,250 were registered, though a few were not able to attend. The local posts pick up the tab, with some receiving corporate sponsorships to help cover the costs. Should that price tag go up to $400, he said, it would make it difficult, especially for a post like his own in Anna that has fewer than 100 members. “We just couldn’t have done it,” he said. “If we’d had to stay here under their costs, we would have curtailed the program.” And that’s not the direction Boys State is going, Koppin said. At the national Boys State meeting in Indianapolis last year, Ohio, which operates the largest program in the nation, was challenged to increase participation by 100 “to set an example.” Ohio did just that, he said. But if the program were asked to expand more, it would not be possible at BGSU. That may have been a factor in moving as well, he said. Miami could handle additional delegates. “We would have worked around it if we stayed here,” he said. “Or we would have turned some kids down. We don’t want to do that. We work hard enough to get them interested to turn down some who are interested. That would have been detrimental to the program as well.” In a statement issued Friday, Dave Kielmeyer, the university spokesman, said that BGSU had negotiated in good faith and had made several “fair and competitive offers.” Koppin also said that there were frustrations along the way, though he didn’t want…


Kuhlman tries for court of appeals seat – sending local candidates scrambling for open seats

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County Commissioner Joel Kuhlman has turned in an application for judge in the Sixth District Court of Appeals, sending more local candidates scrambling for seats. Kuhlman didn’t think much of it when some of his Wood County supporters approached him about filing for the ballot spot vacated when Court of Appeals Judge Jack Puffenberger withdrew his name on June 3. Kuhlman chalked it up to his local constituents being supportive. But then the push came from people outside Wood County, including encouragement from Lucas County’s handpicked candidate for the seat who declined the offer. So Kuhlman started taking a second look. “I’ve been struggling with it for the last couple days,” said Kuhlman, the lone Democrat on the county commissioner board. “I really like being a commissioner.” But after debating, he decided to take the chance. “I’m going to go for it,” he said Friday afternoon. Kuhlman’s decision has started a game of political musical chairs with potential candidates eyeing empty seats. “It’s a complicated mess right now,” said Mike Zickar, head of the Wood County Democratic Party. That’s because earlier in the week, Republican Tim Brown announced he was giving up his state representative position to take the top spot with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. “It’s like playing multiple games of chess right now,” Zickar said. Here’s why: Kuhlman is facing off with Republican Ted Bowlus right now for county commissioner. If Kuhlman is selected by the Sixth District’s eight central committee leaders for the court ballot, he has to give up his spot on the county commissioner ballot. That leaves a big opening for Democrats interested in running for county commissioner. The replacement for the ballot will be chosen by the Wood County Democratic Party, but will not serve unless elected, since Kuhlman will remain in the commissioner seat till the term expires in January. Meanwhile, both parties are eyeing the empty seat being vacated by Brown leaving for TMACOG. “I have not heard from anyone,” Brown said about potential candidates on Thursday. “I’m sure there will be a lot of people thinking about it. This area is rich with talent.” The Republican Party Caucus of the state legislature will pick Brown’s replacement, according to Terry Burton, director of the Wood County Board of Elections. “It’s wholly in their hands,” he said. That person will fill out Brown’s term till the end of 2016, but it’s up to the Wood County Republican Central Committee to pick a person to go on the November ballot. That choice must be made by the filing deadline of Aug. 15. “Is it likely to be the same person? One would think if there is good communication, it will be,” Burton said. Brown’s departure may also lead to a game of Twister in the Democratic party….



Child abuse reports spike, another investigator to be hired

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   When child abuse reports jumped in February, it was hoped the spike was just a blip. But then came May. “February set the all time high for Job and Family Services investigations in a month,” said Dave Wigent, director of the Wood County agency. “But in May, we broke the record we set in February.” Children’s Services has gone through brief spikes in the past, Wigent said. “This is going on a five-month trend.” Last year, the agency investigated 718 child abuse and neglect cases. The average has been 60 to 70 cases a month. But this year, the numbers were hitting 80 to more than 90 a month. In order to deal with the increase in child abuse cases, the office needs another investigator, Wigent told the Wood County Commissioners on Thursday morning. While the current staff can handle the increase for a month or two, the continued demands are too much for the present staff. The workload is being spread amongst the six current investigators and others on the Children’s Services staff. “All these folks are busy to start with,” Wigent said. Wigent presented graphs to the commissioners showing the average number of investigations handled per worker per month at other county Children’s Services agencies in Ohio. Of those listed, Wood County had the second highest workload, with each worker handling 13.6 investigations a month. Licking County was higher with 16 per worker, and Allen County was the lowest with nine per worker. “It’s pretty easy to say these seven people are the tip of the spear for us,” Wigent said of the child abuse investigators. They have a dangerous and emotionally draining job, he added. Wigent said Wood County Children’s Services “runs lean,” compared to some other counties, such as Marion County, which has about half the population of Wood County but about twice as many investigators. The agency has enough in reserves, along with state and federal funding, to pay for the new position, he said. Wigent also pointed out that not only are the case numbers up, but also the severity. In the last few years, the county has seen five child abuse deaths. “During the recession, we were all kind of holding our breath,” waiting for stress levels to cause an increase in child abuse cases, Wigent said. But the spike never came – until now. The reason for the increase now seems multi-faceted. “Part of it is the opiate issue,” said Sandi Carsey, director of Children’s Services. “The drug issues are phenomenal,” Wigent said. But the other reason may be the agency’s push to make people aware of the need to report suspected abuse or neglect. Children’s Services is using billboards and speaking at schools and other locations about the need to not turn a blind eye toward shaken baby…



Tim Brown leaving Statehouse, but sticking with public service

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   State Rep. Tim Brown, R-Bowling Green, is stepping down from the Statehouse to return to his roots. Brown was hired as director of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments on Wednesday. The move ends his 27-year career in government, but returns him to grassroots public service that he found most rewarding. “It was the time I spent with Jim and Alvie, at the local level, that I enjoyed most,” Brown said referring to his years as Wood County commissioner with Jim Carter and Alvie Perkins. “Now I’ll have a chance to do it again,” Brown said this morning. “It’s the local stuff that matters to people. It kind of feels like I get to come home to those issues again. The public service isn’t ending on my part.” The decision to give up the Statehouse for the TMACOG leadership position was tough. “It’s bittersweet,” he said. “This path provides me with the opportunity to do the work I really enjoy doing.” Brown will probably start his new job in mid-July. His salary has not yet been set. Brown started his career in public service working for Congressman Paul Gillmor for eight years. He then served as county commissioner for 15 years, and is now in his fourth year as a state representative. He was not looking for a new job, but was approached by a few people about the difficulty TMACOG was having filling the top position. “The more we talked, I realized this is the work I enjoy. It turned out to be a remarkable opportunity,” he said. “It’s an opportunity I just couldn’t say ‘no’ to.” Though Brown was not being pushed out of office yet by term limits, that reality did play a part in his decision. “Here I am, four years into the job, and my eligibility is half over,” he said. That realization was combined with the rare opening for such a job as director of TMACOG. “It’s not a position that comes along very often,” he said, noting that it has been 25 years since the agency has done an outside search for a leader. Though much of TMACOG’s work is done behind the scenes, Brown said the agency’s impact is great for the region. “Its work is profound.” Brown will be taking over at the time with some big issues looming in the region – one being water quality and water distribution, which TMACOG released a study on Wednesday. “Here we are at the foot of the Great Lakes,” with vast quantities of water, yet good drinking water is an issue, he said. Brown’s exit from the House leaves an opening during an election year. According to Brown, the Speaker of the House will decide the process for replacing him. That replacement will likely appear on the fall ballot,…


Tim Brown named president of TMACOG

State. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Bowling Green, was selected Wednesday to be president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Brown will replace Tony Reams, who is retiring. Brown, whose salary is being negotiated, may start as early as July 1. Brown, 53, was first elected to the Ohio House in 2012. He was appointed a Wood County commissioner in 1997 and subsequently elected. Brown said it would be up to Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, to determine the process to fill Brown’s seat in the House.