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Allen County Commissioner - Term Commences 01/03/21

Responsibilities: To exercise financial control of County expenditures; to authorize public works; to purchase land and buildings; to let contracts; to plan and administer welfare. The Board of County Commissioners also appoints other officials to operate various departments.Term: 4 yrsSalary: $72,346.

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    Dan Beck
    (I)

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    Norman B. Capps
    (Dem)

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    Beth A. Seibert
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

1. As in most municipalities, the need for infrastructure repair and replacement outweighs the resources available. What do you see as the most pressing infrastructure needs in Allen County, and how will you prioritize resources to replace or repair them?

2. The Corona-virus has had an economic impact upon our country, city and county. If there is a need to increase general fund income revenue, what resources (other than sales tax) should be pursued?

3. What qualifies you to fulfill the position of Allen County Commissioner?

Current Job Position Campaigning for Allen County Commissioner
Education Attended Ohio State University. Many Management and Leadership Schools. FBI National Academy. National Sheriffs Institute.
Training & Experience U.S. Navy, 4 years, 6 Deployments, Vietnam combat veteran. Private business management and ownership, 21 years. Municipal law enforcement, 17 years. Elected Sheriff of Allen County, 16 years.
The #1 priority for Allen County is the repair and replacement of bridges. A 2018 study of the bridges in Ohio categorized 70 bridges in Allen County as either functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. As we anticipate economic growth in Allen County, we need to prioritize every element that eases the burden on our agricultural, commercial, and industrial partners. The County Commissioners, the County Engineer and Regional Planning Commission need to develop a long-range plan and consult state and federal leaders to determine what financial resources are available. But the funding for our elected officials is always the #1 priority. We expect our County Engineer to maintain roads, bridges, and drainage. We expect our Sheriff to keep Allen County safe and secure. We expect our justice system to function and our elected Recorder, Clerk, Auditor and Treasurer to keep accurate records. These hard working folks can’t do it without the resources that the Commissioners control.
The financial impact of the Covid-crisis is nationwide. The New York Times reported on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 that, “State and local governments are facing a severe budget crisis because of the coronavirus pandemic.” Responsibly, we have to search for any additional funding available from the state and federal governments. We must apply for, and secure any grants that we can. The process will be very competitive. I believe that Allen County will have to tighten its belt in 2021 and 2022 to live within the confines of its revenue sources. In April 2020 the unemployment rate in Allen County peaked at 17.6%. Since July 2020 it has been hovering at 8.9%. It would be irresponsible for any elected official to attempt to levy more taxation on the good citizens of Allen County who are already struggling financially.
My child and teen years were spent in rural Sugar Creek Township. I served four years in the United States Navy. After six deployments I returned home. At 24 years of age I had visited 19 Countries, Republics and Island Nations on 3 continents. I am a combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict. I worked in management for a private sector company, and in our family owned business. I was elected Sheriff in 1992 and served for 16 years. The Sheriffs Office employed 165 full-time employees. Our budget was between $7 million and $9.5 million each year. It was an opportunity to learn and understand the inner-workings of Allen County government and the challenges of 24/7 government agencies, overtime, emergency call-outs, sick time, bargaining unit contracts, and payroll issues. I worked 60-80 hours almost every week. My goal as Allen County Commissioner is to work hard for growth in our economy, our quality of life, and the safety and security of every resident of Allen County.
Current Job Position Perry Township Trustee 14 years Operate family farm
Education Graduated Lima Senior High 1966 Attended OSU Lima
Training & Experience US Army-Vietnam Nam -(Security&Operations) Laborer at Tuttle Construction Retired LU776 Pipefitters and Plumbers Journeyman pipe fitter/welder LU776 Twenty years supervisory Experience Major projects exceeding 150 million dollars Family farm since 1976 Married 45 years ,3 children, 7 grandchildren Coached baseball for ten years President of Perry Athletic Boosters Served on Allen County Regional Planning Commission Allen County Development Corporation Board- Appointed by Allen County Commissioners Volunteer at Allen County Fair Allen County Veterans Memorial Foundation Board member
Roads and bridges are the most pressing issues facing Allen County. Recent increases in gas and license plate fees will help, but may not be enough to meet needs. Building maintenance issues are becoming a major concern. The next area for concern is expanding utilities to urbanized areas of the County to accommodate expansion of commercial, industrial, and residential areas.
The first step to increase County revenues would be pursuit of restoring Local Government Funds that were cut by the State several years ago. Next we simply have to become more efficient in our day to day operations. Economic development is being promoted and as new commercial enterprises are completed they will add needed tax dollars to the general fund.
Probably the best qualification I possess is the ability to work with people. As Security and Operations NCO in the US army I worked with Colonels, Majors, Warrant Officers, Sergeant Majors, NCO's and civilian employees of the Army. In the construction industry I worked as a journeyman, foreman, general foreman, superintendent, and project co-ordinator. Some of these projects include: refinery/chemical plants,power plants, auto plants, hospitals, schools, and food processing plants. Some of these projects exceeded $150 million. Experience gained by serving on County Boards adds to my qualifications. Also operating our family farm and volunteering at Perry School and the Allen CountyFair add to my qualifications to be your commissioner. Finally, and most important is my family: wife of 45 years Charlotte, Dr. Carrie Dehoff daughter, Eddie and Mike sons, and seven grandchildren.
Current Job Position Allen County Commissioner
Education Spencerville High School graduate. The Ohio State University undergraduate courses in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Columbus State Community College undergraduate courses in Business Management.
Training & Experience I am honored to serve currently as your Allen County Commissioner. Since taking office, I have effectively used my extensive network of professional experiences and relationships in order to fulfill the many responsibilities and obligations of the Office. I have over 36 years of leadership and budget administration experience associated with county government, community and religious organizations, and nonprofits. Through the 3,000 Conservation Districts across the U.S., I have served in top leadership roles for Ohio, the north central regional states, and at the national level. I hold a professional certification in Municipal Stormwater Management and served 27 years as Allen County’s representative to Ohio EPA, defending our community in environmental matters. My business management skills and work ethic were born on our family farm operation and I’ve spent a lifetime involved in Allen County’s largest industry - agriculture. I served eight years as a highly engaged board member on the Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce – which assists nearly 900 local businesses. I was appointed by the Allen County Commissioners to serve on the Local Emergency Planning Committee in 2011 and remained in that capacity until I became an Allen County Commissioner.
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The most pressing infrastructure needs are roads, bridges, and county owned buildings/facilities. I advocate providing our motoring public with the best roads and safest bridges possible. While the County Engineer has the responsibility of maintaining our county roads, I work to ensure a close relationship between our two offices. I favor maintaining the current level of support for the County Engineer. Through the enhanced funding his office has received from the State, I am very optimistic that the quality of our roads and bridges will continue to improve. With regard to county owned buildings/facilities I am currently accessing information gathered on every county owned facility to determine the best use of taxpayer dollars to improve the current condition of needed buildings/facilities as well as identifying buildings/facilities that may be more beneficial for the County to divest from rather than invest in.
Corona-virus has forever changed how Allen County families, businesses and agencies operate. Our 2020 general fund budget was approved at $29.3 million. It is supported by 150 different sources of revenue – the largest being sales tax at nearly $17 million. In March when COVID-19 restrictions halted our economy, our office asked the agencies supported by those funds to determine how 10% of those budgets could be cut. I am proud to say that Allen County Government is meeting that expectation! The additional resources needed are being found through state, federal and private grants. Continually, our agencies work hard to identify and bring such opportunities to Allen County. Another important resource that we have benefited from for the past year is the collection of e-commerce Wayfair/Amazon sales tax revenue – made to happen by 2019 legislation. I am dedicated to economic growth and prosperity in Allen County, not raising taxes.
I am a current seated Allen County Commissioner who is working hard for you every single day. I understand that I work for you and answer to you – the voter and taxpayer. There is not another candidate in this race that will be more dedicated or work longer or harder for you as an Allen County Commissioner than I have and will continue to do so. My work ethic is a product of my upbringing on a family farm in western Allen County. I was entrusted with considerable responsibility at a very young age and I embraced the opportunity. I spent countless hours working and learning valuable skills that have benefited me into and throughout my adulthood. I have a true passion for Allen County and am dedicated to serving each and every one of our 102,000 citizens. I would appreciate your vote in this November 2020 General Election!