New deputy director appointed for area board of elections

After months of looking for a new deputy director, the board of elections has appointed Stephanie Reed.

Reed, a Tiffin native and 2005 Columbian high school graduate, is to begin working as the deputy director for the board of elections Feb. 20.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I’m eager to get to know all the girls in the office more, and I look forward to working with them.”

The board interviewed all the candidates who applied for the position, chairman Charles Knight said.

“We evaluated everybody’s qualifications, then we looked at it and we discussed what each of (the board members) liked,” he said.

The board members checked candidate’s records and college transcripts, he said.

“We hired the best person,” Mary Puffenberger said.

Reed attended The Ohio State University, where she majored in history with a focus on Central and South American history.

In 2012, she received her juris doctorate degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and she also received her certificate in children’s studies.

Reed was a member of the Advocates for Children student organization and a participant in the Moritz College of Law Justice for Children Clinic where she represented child clients in delinquency and dependency cases.

While in law school, she interned at the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services.

Reed was admitted to the bar in November 2012, and since graduating she has moved back to Tiffin and has been volunteering at the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office.

Also at the meeting, the board certified the petitions for the candidates who have filed to run for office.

Tiffin will not have to have a primary election and all candidates who have filed will move on to the November general election, director of the board of elections Andrea Carroll said.

The deadline for write-in candidates is Feb. 25.

By Zach Gase, Staff Writer