TIFFIN — Retired Army Brigadier General and Tiffin native Mark Scheid says he “cannot think of a stronger, more qualified person” to serve as Seneca County Sheriff than current Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens.
“It is with enthusiasm and total support I write this letter of endorsement for Chief Fred Stevens to be the next Sheriff of Seneca County,” Scheid wrote in a letter. “Chief Stevens worked with me for over a year on the Tiffin/Seneca County Patriot Day Salute committee. His recommendations were always well thought out, detailed, and in the best interest of the community. Chief Stevens was truly instrumental in the success of the event.”
Stevens will appear on the Republican primary ballot March 17.
Scheid said Stevens has all of the attributes of a true leader: “He is tough when need be, yet compassionate, and always a good listener. He knows how to get the most effort from those assisting him. When there were issues, Chief Stevens did not look for the easiest solutions to the problem; he always looked for the most cost-effective, optimal solution.”
“If you look at Chief Stevens’ career, he entered the Army at the most junior Enlisted Rank, and worked his way up to key leadership positions as he transitioned from the Enlisted to the Officer ranks. This is a very difficult transition where only a few of the best and brightest soldiers will get selected for this opportunity,” Scheid wrote. “Upon completion of his Military commitment, Chief Stevens used his military skills to move into Law Enforcement. Again, he worked his way up from the entry level; working in a Juvenile Detention Center, to Corrections Officer, to Police Officer. His Superiors saw the same leadership traits he displayed in the military and promoted him to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and ultimately to Chief of Police for Tiffin.”
“Chief Stevens is self-driven. He has completed numerous training schools and earned an Associate and Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude). He further studied advanced leadership, tactical training, budgeting, and contract management. His studies culminated in his earning a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration,” Scheid wrote.
Scheid was a tactical and logistics leader in the US Army during his 29-year career. He co-wrote the Strategic Logistics War Plan for Afghanistan and Iraq and served as Chief of Operations & Deputy Commander for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.
Chief Stevens said he is committed to community, professionalism, fiscal responsibility, quality of life issues, and accessibility. “Seneca County is a big county and needs and deserves the best person for the Office of Sheriff,” Stevens’ campaign website reads.
Current Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry had submitted petitions to run for re-election, but withdrew them before last week’s candidate filing deadline. In addition to Stevens, two other candidates, David Pahl and Matt Huffman, are running in the Republican primary to succeed Eckelberry.