Trustees and Staff
Beth van Haaren, Trustee
Beth van Haaren is a Township Trustee who was recently re-elected to her third full term. In May, 2005, she was selected to fill the Trustee seat left vacant by the death of Matt Davis and in November, 2005, she was elected for a four year term. A graduate of Bethel High School in 1984, Beth attended North Carolina State University, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 1994, she returned to Bethel Township with her husband and began working for Process Equipment Company. Almost 20 years of engineering and business management experience have developed Beth's leadership abilities, her fiscally conservative mindset and a pro-active attitude toward problem solving. Beth is married to Michael van Haaren and they have three children, Caleb, Marieke and Alexander all of whom attend Bethel Local Schools. They are active members of the West Charleston Church of the Brethren. She volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations: Child Care Choices, Bethel Local Schools, Bethel's recreational soccer league (BAYSA), and several others.
Her goals for Bethel Township are:
- Reduce annexation of Bethel Township land
- Maintain quality of life in Bethel Township for all residents
- Implement Bethel's Comprehensive Land Use Plan
Mrs. van Haaren's next term expires on December 31, 2017
Cliff Wray, Trustee
Cliff Wray will begin his second term in 2008. He has worked hard to develop the township organization into a strategic thinking group of people with a team approach. He has been passionate about Bethel Township controlling its own destiny while maintaining fiscal responsibility. His approach has been parallel to his business background in that efficiency and productivity are the foundation of all organizations. A graduate of Tecumseh High School in 1970. Cliff attended The Ohio State University earning a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture. Most of his career he has worked in the seed industry and current owns Saunders Seed Company and Wray Seeds in Tipp City, Ohio. Cliff is married to Lou Anne and they have four children, Aaron, Matt, Emily and Megan who are all graduates of Bethel Schools. Some of his hobbies include gardening, collecting old cars and spending time with his family.
Mr. Wray''s term expires on December 31, 2015.
Jerry Hirt, Trustee
Mr. Hirt is a native Buckeye. He was born in Piqua, Ohio and moved to Bethel Township in 1955. Mr. Hirt is a 1963 graduate of Bethel High School and attended Wittenberg and Wright State Universities. Jerry married Beverly Wells O'Dell (deceased) in 1972 and is a father of three and grandfather of five. Jerry represents the second of four generations living in Bethel Township. He has served as a Bethel Township Trustees continuously since he was first elected in 1981. He is currently serving his eighth term in office. Jerry's memberships and participation in numerous organizations illustrate his commitment to the local community:
- Miami County Township Association (President, 1984 & 1985)
- Ohio Township Association
- Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (currently serving on Executive Committe
- Miami County 911 (Chairman, Board of Directors, 1992)
- Miami County Council (Former Chairman)
- Miami County Bike Trail Task Force
- Brandt United Methodist Church (Currently Chairman of Staff Parish Relations Committee)
Mr. Hirt''s term expires on December 31, 2017.
Deborah Watson, Fiscal Officer
Mrs. Watson was first elected in 2003 and is currently serving her second term as Fiscal Officer. A resident of Bethel Township for 12 years, she also serves as a member of the Bethel Local School Board. Mrs. Watson was born in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of Hillsboro High School. She attended Wright State University. She is a mother of two sons, Anthony and Andrew and has been married to husband John for over 25 years. Mrs. Watson is a dedicated community member having served as the Treasurer of Pee-Wee Football, the Bethel Athletic Booster Club and the Bethel Community Improvement Corporation. She is also a member of the Bethel Athletic Council. In April 2010, Mrs. Watson completed her state training and certification as an EMT-Basic, and serves a member of the Bethel Township Fire Department.
Mrs. Watson's term expires on March 31, 2016
Andy Ehrhart, Acting Administrator/Fire Chief/Zoning Administrator
Andy Ehrhart joined the Bethel Township team in April of 2009. Andy brings experience from working with Washington and Harrision Townships in Montgomery County. Andy is a 1993 Graduate of Sinclair Community College with an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement. Andy is also a member of the Bethel Township Fire Deparment serving as an chief.
Robert Yocum, Road Department
Robert Yocum is a lifetime resident of Bethel Township. A graduate of Bethel Local School Mr. Yocum has been employed with the Township for twenty-three years serving in the Road Department for the entire length of his service. Robert's hobbies include photography and computers.