Delaware County

Delaware County Declares State Of Emergency In Response To COVID-19

21 Mar , 2020  

On Thursday, the Delaware County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and adopted a Temporary COVID-19 Emergency Operations Plan, which becomes effective at 8 AM, Friday, March 20, and continues through April 5. This act enables the county to exercise certain powers not permitted during normal circumstances.

“We had already taken many proactive measures to limit the exposure of our employees and the public to this virus,” said County Administrator Michael Frommer, “and we were pleased to see a more than an 80 percent reduction in the number of daily visitors to our Courthouse from the beginning of March and a 60 percent reduction in visitors to the Hayes Administrative Building, but now we need to do more.” More…

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County Creates COVID-19 Information Page

18 Mar , 2020  

On Monday, Delaware County announced the creation of a new page on its website where citizens can obtain the most up-to-date information about the status of operations in County offices and departments during the present public health crisis.

Still being compiled, the page should be complete soon but already has timely and important information about such things as public access, hours of operation, contact details, and much more. All is presented in an easy-to-follow, drop down interface. More…

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Delaware County EMS Named Tops In Ohio

14 Mar , 2020  

Delaware County’s Emergency Medical Services Department has been named the 2020 EMS Agency of the Year for Ohio. DCEMS’s medical director Dr. Ashish Panchal also has been named as the recipient of this year’s Frank Giampetro Distinguished EMS Educator of the Year award.

“These awards are a testament to the work our people have done to collectively steer the ship down a forward and positive path,” said DCEMS Director Jeff Fishel. “They are recognition of positive change, continued improvement and teamwork.” More…

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County Records Found In Desk Not Recorded After A Year

25 Feb , 2020  

Delaware County records not recorded more than a year after being found in desk

After 18 months, records that were left out of the Delaware County Recorders office by mistake are still not recorded, despite a promise of their prompt return. The discovery in October 2018 of more than two-dozen documents not properly filed in the Delaware County recorder’s office cost an employee her job and promises of a quick resolution.

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New Good Deeds Workshops Set

21 Feb , 2020  

The Delaware County officials who created the now popular “Good Deeds” program have announced new dates and locations for future workshops.

These informational presentations highlight how the probate court process works as it relates to Real Property records and all titled vehicles. They also connect residents with local attorneys who can assist them in re-writing a Real Property deed for a nominal flat fee. More…

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Rankey Announces Campaign For County Treasurer

3 Feb , 2020  

Don Rankey, a successful businessman and veteran public servant, has announced his candidacy for Delaware County Treasurer.

Rankey has been endorsed by the Delaware County Republican Central Committee and will be unopposed in the March primary. The general election is set for Nov. 3. More…

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Three From Sheriff’s Office Among Officer Graduates

3 Feb , 2020  

Members of the 143rd Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy. The 39 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 23 Ohio agencies.

Included in those 39 were three from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. More…

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Westerville Man Sentenced

31 Jan , 2020  

Patrick McDermott has been sentenced to 25 years to life for the rape of a child under the age of 13.

“This is another tragic case for a young victim who will have to deal with the aftermath of abuse for the rest of their life,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel. “We are humbled daily to witness the strength of sexual assault survivors. With them, we are able to fight for justice and put people like McDermott right where they belong—prison. A special thanks to the Westerville City Police Department for their thorough investigation to ensure this man will never harm another child again.” More…

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Meet Franklin

27 Jan , 2020  

Meet Franklin, Delaware County’s new therapy dog in training

Delaware County’s newest employee is taking over at the courthouse. “I’m usually going to get my daily puppy fix and visit Frankie,” Juvenile Court Judge David Hejmanowski said. You may have seen the playful pup around town. County officials say he is working hard and learning fast.

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Snow Level Alerts Now Available From Delaware County

15 Jan , 2020  

This week,  the Delaware County’s Sheriff’s Office and 9-1-1 Center announced the availability of Snow Level Alerts via text. Anyone with a U.S. phone number can receive a text alert whenever the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office issues or lifts a Snow Emergency Level: They can sign up by texting DELCOSNOW to 888777.

“Many people may not realize it, but decisions about snow emergency levels are made on a local level by the Sheriff in each county,” said Tracy Whited, spokeswoman for Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin. “So when they sign up to receive Snow Level Alerts for Delaware County, they are getting their alerts as quickly as possible, straight from the source of that decision.” More…

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Ag Easement Purchase Program Accepting Applications

14 Jan , 2020  

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) provides funding to assist in the preservation of farmland throughout Ohio. The program operates through the purchase of easements from landowners who volunteer to maintain their land under agricultural uses in perpetuity. More…

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County Jail Improves Security

10 Jan , 2020  

Delaware County Jail steps up security with new body scanner

Delaware County Jail officials are advancing security measures behind bars. About one month ago, a new body scanner was installed, that can pinpoint if someone being booked in the jail has a weapon or drugs on them, or inside their body.