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
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, 2015, 2016)
- Ohio Township Association
- Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (currently serving on Executive Committe
- Miami County 911 (Chairman, Board of Directors, 1992)
- Miami County Council (Current 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.
Gary Biggs, Trustee
Mr. Biggs brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Trustees. He is currently the plant manager for Concrete Sealants and has held a variety of positions at the company since starting there in 1978. Additionally, Gary has served on the Bethel Zoning Board of Appeals for the last 10 years and also spent six years on the Miami County Fair Board. Gary and his wife, Valerie live on Palmer Road. They have two daughters and four, soon to be five grandchildren.
Mr. Biggs' term expires on December 31, 2019.
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 20 years, she is also a former 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, Bethel Athletic Council and the Bethel Community Improvement Corporation. 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 is also a notary public.
Mrs. Watson's term expires on March 31, 2019
Andy Ehrhart, Township Administrator/Fire Chief
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 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.