Wood County Auditor Mike Sibbersen has announced his retirement effective Oct. 1.
Sibbersen has 40 years of service in the office and is in his 24th year as auditor, having served longer than any previous auditor.
“I am grateful to the citizens of Wood County for their many years of support” he said, and likewise “for a strong and experienced staff which has provided many years of solid service. I am mindful of having great mentors in Harold Bateson and Jim Ryan, who taught me much.”
Sibbersen also lauded the cooperation that he has received from present and former county officials, a model partnership not always possible in county government situations.
“Wood County has a wealth of dedicated local government officials and working with them through the years has been such a positive and fortunate experience. It has been a privilege to serve,” he said.
Sibbersen said that probably the most valuable changes that have occurred during his tenure in office are the creation of the website and the later addition of on—line real estate information and maps. He is also proud of the county’s Comprehensive Financial Reports and accompanying Citizen Reports, along with audit results which have qualified the county for multiple awards from the Ohio Auditor of State and Government Finance Officers of America. The Auditor’s Weights and Measures program earned the state’s Frank P. Gallo Award for Excellence in 2005.
Since 1995, Sibbersen has served on the County Auditors Association Legislative Committee. He has also represented County Auditors on the Ohio Council of County Officials and counties on the board of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association. For some years he has served on the Finance, Audit, and Administration Committee of Toledo Metropolitan Council Governments and also on the Auditor of State Regional Advisory Board, in addition to other community organizations and boards.