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From left: Seneca County Commissioners Mike Kerschner, Tyler Shuff, and Anthony Paradiso

Tiffin, Ohio — The Seneca County Board of Commissioners congratulated a local family on 70 successful years of business in the county during Thursday morning’s session.

Commissioner Tyler Shuff read a proclamation honoring the Decker family, owners of Deckers Furniture, 169 S. Washington St., for 70 years of providing home furnishings to families in Seneca County and across the state.

In 1952, Clement Decker Sr. And his son, Frederick, decided to open a family-owned furniture store in Seneca County. The store started in Attica, and eventually expanded to Tiffin in 1961. The store later expanded to Findlay in 1995.

Deckers Furniture is now owned and operated by Frederick’s three sons, John, Stephan, Fred and their grandchildren. Deckers 50,000-square-foot showroom and 75,000-square-foot warehouse are now next to each other in one location in Tiffin.

Shuff said family-owned businesses run by local residents are the backbone of the community. “We are proud and honored to thank and celebrate the Decker family for 70 successful years of business in Seneca County and (we) look forward to seeing what the future holds for the business,” he said.

In other action, the commissioners announced the hiring of current Human Resources Director Jaime Wolfe, as the new County Administrator.

Jaime Wolfe. (Contributed Photo)

Wolfe is to replace County Administrator Stacy Wilson, who is leaving the position at the end of next week after 16 years.

Wolfe was hired by the commissioners in June of last year as the head of the newly created Human Resources Department. Wolfe had worked in the HR field since 2013, with her previous stint as Human Resources Specialist for the Sandusky County Board of Commissioners.

Wolfe is set to take on the new role on Sept. 12.

In other business, the board heard a quarterly update from Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. TSEP President and CEO Aaron Montz, who was hired for the position in June, led off the report. He said he is emphasizing a focus on economic development, especially in the rural areas of Seneca County.

Montz said he personally is working on projects totaling about $149 million in potential investment into the community. Other TSEP staff members provided reports, including Downtown Tiffin Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart.

Reinhart said downtown Tiffin has had nine new businesses open, or about to open, thus far in 2022. She said citizens can learn more at the Main Street Celebration and Downtown Tiffin Summit to be hosted on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St.

For more information or to purchase tickets, which cost $15, visit tiffinsummit.com.

Each of the commissioners commended the TSEP team for their work and expressed excitement for the future.

In new business, the commissioners approved:

  • A $2,449.18 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund for reclaimed estates and warrants.
  • A $657.90 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund for salaries-employees.
  • Authorizing Kathy Oliver, Seneca County DJFS Director, to act as the commissioners’ designee for approving inter-county adjustments of allocated funds.
  • A resolution certifying unpaid assessments to the county auditor for collection, per Ohio Revised Code Section 6117.02.
  • An on-airport memorandum of agreement between the US Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration and the county.

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