Dale Wolfe challenges Tim Ley
Retirement is “definitely different,” said Dale Wolfe.
He retired as a part-time security guard at the Crawford County Courthouse in November; his wife, former County Auditor Joan Wolfe, retired in late October.
“Suddenly…after 43 years of marriage, neither of us are working,” he said. They spend time with their four grandchildren, all of whom are active in sports. “So it takes time. But I have plenty of time to waste.”
So Wolfe, 3865 Knauss Road, decided he was ready for a new role, pursuing a lifelong dedication to community service: he is one of three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for the county commissioner in the May 3 primary.
Incumbent Tim Ley, 3365 Stephenie Drive, is seeking a second term on the Crawford County Board of Commissioners. Corey Orewiler, 2850 Spore Brandywine Road, is also seeking a spot on the fall ballot. No Democrats filed in the race. All independent candidates considering running have until May 2 to file petitions with the Crawford County Board of Elections.
Long career with the Bucyrus Police Department
Wolfe grew up on a small farm in Wyandot County and was active in 4-H and FFA.
“It was a nice way to grow up, but again I couldn’t do some things; I was needed on the farm,” he said. He graduated from Wynford High School in 1975.
His first job was in radio, at the old WYAN in Upper Sandusky.
“I started out as a night disc jockey and ended up becoming operations manager,” he said. “I went from there and applied to both Ohio Power and the Bucyrus Police Department in ’78.”
He ended up spending a year at Ohio Power before accepting an offer from the police department and beginning a career in law enforcement in 1980.
After 13 years as a patrolman, he served as a lieutenant on the afternoon shift from 1993 to 1996, then was promoted to captain. He eventually served as chief executive, serving as second-in-command to police chiefs Mike Corwin and Ken Teets, he said.
Wolfe began working at the courthouse in 2010
After retiring from the police department in 2005, he held various jobs, including owning an ice cream stand, serving with the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Special Deputies and spending a summer transporting 3 day old chicks from Indiana for Eagle Nest Poultry. — before becoming a security guard at the Crawford County Courthouse in 2010. He continued in that part-time position, part of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, until his retirement in November.
Wolfe was active in the Republican Party and served on several county boards. He has been a 50-year member of the Emanuel United Church of Christ near Nevada.
All three of Wolfe’s children went into some sort of public service, he said.
Her eldest son is a lieutenant at the Delaware County EMS, where he is a paramedic. Among other roles, he is chairman of the Crawford County Board of Health, assistant fire chief for Holmes Township, and works for Wyandot East Fire and Rescue.
His daughter is the Chief Assistant Clerk to the Crawford County Clerk and his younger son is a Bucyrus Police Officer.
“So we’re all serving the public or have served the public at some point,” Wolfe said.
“Very conservative when it comes to finances”
Wolfe said he had followed local politics for some time and became involved with the local Republican party around 2006.
“And then the last 11 years in the courthouse, you hear all kinds of things and see what’s going on in most county offices, because you’re there every day,” he said.
He got to know the current commissioners and other office holders.
“There were some things I would have done differently over the years, especially protecting some taxpayer money,” he said. “I think sometimes we take on more elaborate projects than they should be, or we can achieve the same goal for a lot less money.”
He criticized the commissioners’ decision to construct a new evidence storage building outside the Crawford County Criminal Justice Center. Prior to 2020, the Sheriff’s Office used the former National Guard Building at Southern Avenue and Fairground Road for this purpose. The building is now used by Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation (SCAT).
The county could have repaired that building and continued to use it, he said.
“The other thing I probably would have done is I would have searched a little harder to find an existing building that we could have renovated and served the same purpose,” he said.
“One of my big things is that I’m very conservative when it comes to finances,” Wolfe said. “It’s taxpayers’ money, mine, whoever pays taxes in the county. And I think they should get the most out of it. And that’s one of the things I’d like to watch very closely. near.”
Wolfe admitted he doesn’t know all the issues facing commissioners at this point, “because I haven’t been in that office.”
Wind turbines ‘have no place here in this county’
But he has strong opinions on an issue that has drawn public attention to the commissioners’ desk in recent months: wind turbines.
Apex Clean Energy has leased property in northern Crawford County for a 300 megawatt, 60 turbine wind farm project, Honey Creek Wind.
“I don’t think they belong here in this county,” Wolfe said. “I think it’s too rural a county – in a way it’s a rural county, but in another way we have more population than most other places that have wind turbines. There has possible health issues, that worries me.
“There are issues just with quality of life – and I think the most important thing is quality of life. Most of us live in a county like this because we love the outdoors. We like to go out at night, have a meeting at night, have a bonfire or just a little fire And I think if you start putting the number of industrial size wind turbines in the northern part of the county they’re talking to do, it would disrupt that tremendously in my opinion.”
Wolfe said that when he heard of Honey Creek Wind, he “pretty much heard one side”.
“And I believe very strongly in personal property rights,” he said. “The government, in my opinion, often intervenes when it shouldn’t.”
But after doing his own research, his opinions started to change, he said. He visited Hardin County, where a wind farm began operating last year, and spoke with farmers at a grocery store. He researched information on the Apex website and spoke to people who had reviewed the rental agreements, he said.
If he were commissioner today, Wolfe said, he would vote to restrict the development of industrial-scale wind power throughout the county.
Last month, the commissioners announced they would seek public comment on a proposal that would effectively prevent the development of wind farms in the county at a public meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday April 21 in the park’s youth building. Crawford County exhibits.
After the hearing, the commissioners can pass a resolution designating unincorporated land in the county as a restricted area, prohibiting the construction of wind farms. If such a resolution passes, people who support the development of wind farms would have 30 days to circulate petitions asking for a referendum vote on the decision.
“At that time, everyone in the county would have the option of voting to maintain the restrictions put in place by the resolution or to get rid of those restrictions,” Wolfe said. “I think that’s at least a better option than just forcing them into the community.”
Wolfe said if elected he would bring the same approach to all issues.
“I’ve been in one form or another of public service for most of my adult life,” he said. “It’s obvious that my wife and I both regard public service as something important. … It’s a noble thing to work sincerely for the public. I think that has been passed on to my children. Through the jobs and professions they have chosen, I think it shows. …
“If I am lucky enough to be elected, my commitment would be to listen, to really investigate the issues that come before the commissioners, to research both sides, and then to make a decision that is best for the public. , for the county to be the most timely, it may not be the most elaborate, but after doing my research, it will be the best, I think, for the public.”