COUNCIL CONFIRMS POLICE CHIEF WENZLICK TO BE NEXT VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR
Posted on May 7, 2019
At their May 6, 2019 meeting, the Ottawa Hills Village Council unanimously confirmed Mayor Kevin Gilmore’s appointment of Police Chief John Wenzlick to the position of Village Administrator effective January 1, 2020.
Marc Thompson had recently informed the Mayor and Council of his intention to retire at the end of 2019.
Chief Wenzlick started with the Village in 1994 as a police explorer and has held every position in the police department, including dispatcher, police officer, police sergeant, and has been chief since 2012. Chief Wenzlick has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Toledo, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Findlay and a law degree from the University of Toledo.
Mayor Gilmore expressed confidence that the transition would be smooth based on the leadership John has shown in the Police Dept during his 6.5 years as chief, and the opportunity for him to work with Marc Thompson in the interim period. Mayor Gilmore commented:
“Ottawa Hills has benefited greatly from the experience and leadership provided by Village Manager Marc Thompson for over 28 years. Marc has worked in public administration for over 40 years. He has brought a high level of professionalism to our Village government, along with an emphasis on accessibility and responsiveness to our residents. Fortunately Marc and his wife Alta plan to continue to live in the community after his retirement. We congratulate Marc on his excellent career in public service and we’re confident that he has helped set our community up for continued success in the future.
We look forward to welcoming Chief John Wenzlick into his new role as Village Administrator in January 2020. Ottawa Hills is fortunate to have a person with John’s education level and depth of experience in police operations. But more important are the quality of his character and strong sense of integrity that he will bring to the position. I know I speak for the entire Council when I say we all look forward to working with John during the transitional period and then more closely after the first of the year. We are confident that the Village government will continue to be run both efficiently and with excellence.”