LIMA — Former Chief Deputy Brian Winegardner was officially sworn in as an Allen County commissioner — a position he had been appointed to earlier this month — during a brief ceremony held Monday afternoon.
“I solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Ohio and will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon as such commissioner according to the best of my abilities,” Winegardner said with his right hand on a Bible.
After the event, Winegardner thanked the event’s attendees, who consisted of multiple Republican elected officials and his family.
“I look forward to serving all of you for many years to come, and again, I appreciate you all being here,” Winegardner said.
While the official swearing-in ceremony was held Monday, Winegardner has spent the last few weeks learning some of the ins and outs of his new role by working with commissioners Cory Noonan and Beth Seibert during the 2021 budgeting process. Compared to his last role, the experience isn’t a drastic change, he said.
Since 2017, he has helped craft the budgets for Allen County’s largest department — the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. His new job as commissioner rounds out a 30-plus-career spent as a deputy with the local law enforcing county department.
During the ceremony, Allen County Republican Party Chairman Keith Cheney praised Winegardner’s past work and commended his faith.
“When (the Winegardners) arrived, Brian gathered his family and wrapped their arms around each other. They had a prayer. That tells me the committee has selected the right individual to work with Commissioner Noonan and Commissioner Seibert on leading our county,” Cheney said.
Winegardner had been chosen Dec. 3 by the Allen County Republican Party to serve out the remaining term of Greg Sneary, who retired in September.
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