December 31, 2012
OTTAWA — Seven elected officials were sworn in during a ceremony at the Putnam County Common Pleas Courtroom on Monday.
The event began with the presentation of the U.S. and the Ohio flags by Sgt. Brian Siefker and Deputy Randy Weller of the Putnam County Sheriff's Honor Guard.
Judge Randall Basinger of Putnam County Common Pleas Court welcomed the officials, their families and friends: “It is my pleasure, every other year, to swear in re-elected and newly elected officials.”
Six of the officials were re-elected, while one official, Sheriff Michael Chandler, was newly elected.
Basinger administered the oath of office to each official.
Chandler, whose term will commence Monday, had been employed by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. When he takes office, he said there will be no major changes, and no personnel changes. He does plan to adjust employees’ shifts to better cover the county, and intends to be engaged in many of the proactive programs in which his predecessor was involved.
Chandler is most looking forward to getting back into a routine.
“I’ve been off for a year,” he said. “I will get to be back with people I’ve worked with a lot of years.
“The only thing I will promise is that I will try my best," he added. "I will put everything into whatever I do. I believe I have the experience and knowledge necessary for the job.”