The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary is a volunteer
organization consisting of Special Deputies and Communication Officers.
The Special Deputies are certified peace officers through the Ohio Peace
Officer Training Academy, whose training consists of over 600 hours as
required by the state. Each year the Special Deputies receive additional
training to maintain their certification.
Members of the Auxiliary provide additional support to the 24-hour 7-day
a week operation of the Sheriff’s Office. The Special Deputies work with
full time employees responding to calls for service, taking reports and
making arrests. The Special Deputies work a number of events throughout
Van Wert County that include the Van Wert County Fair, Apple Festival,
Rib Fest, Wren Days, Delphos Canal Days and various events in the county
schools and Christmas with Kids. Special Deputies also provide traffic
control for parades during festivals in Van Wert County.
Christmas with Kids
Each year the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary conducts a
special program to help Van Wert County Children.
The Christmas with Kids Program is where Van Wert County Sheriff’s
Office Employees take children whose families are experiencing difficult
financial times, shopping for Christmas gifts. The children are able to
pick items that they want, with items of need also being chosen. The
families are Van Wert County residents and are referred to the Van Wert
County Sheriff’s Office through the Salvation Army.
The goals of the Christmas with Kids Program are to help provide a happy
Christmas Season for the children involved in the program and their
parents and give the children a positive experience with Law
Each year the success of the Christmas with Kids Program is in large
part due to the donations of the Van Wert County Community. Businesses
and private citizens alike donate money to the Christmas with Kids
Program each year. The children who are a part of Christmas with Kids
Program are able to spend $100.00 towards items they want and need.
Without the tremendous support of the Van Wert County Community for the
last 20 years the success of the Christmas with Kids Program would not
be possible. In 2013, the Christmas with Kids Program was again able to
take over 100 kids shopping, thanks to the generous donations from Van
Wert County Businesses and citizens.
To continue the success of the Van Wert County Christmas with Kids
Program and help make this Christmas a special time for children whose
families are experiencing difficult financial times, please consider
making a donation.
Please make checks payable to the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office
Auxiliary. Checks can be mailed to Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, 113
N. Market Street Van Wert, Ohio 45891 or dropped off at this address.
For further information or if you have any questions, please contact
Sheriff Tom Riggenbach at (419)238-3866 or by email at
or visit us on Facebook at Van Wert County Christmas with Kids.
I want to thank everyone who has supported the Christmas with Kids
Program over the years. Also, Thank You in advance for supporting this
year’s Christmas with Kids Program.
Thomas M. Riggenbach
Van Wert County Sheriff
How it began
Sheriff Wilmer Clay started the Auxiliary in 1953. The first Captain of
the Auxiliary was Frank Friemoth. The first Lieutenant of the Auxiliary
was Wayne Pollock. At the time, members of the Auxiliary were Veterans
of Foreign War post members.