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Dunlap files to run against Tkach

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 7, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Citing his experience with budgets, Norwalk resident Tom Dunlap has filed petitions with the Huron County Board of Elections for the office of Huron County auditor.

Roland Tkach is the current auditor and has held the job since March 5, 2007. Tkach defeated Will Lewis in the 2006 general election, Bob Patusky in the 2010 election and was unapposed in 2014.

The general election is Nov. 6 — 240 days from today.

Tkach already has filed to run.

“I have ample experience dealing with budgets,” Dunlap said. “From my time with the sheriff’s office to serving as a county commissioner, I know the ins and outs of the budget process.

“As a county commissioner I was responsible for setting and approving the auditor’s budget.”

The process of setting and approving the auditor’s budget was not an easy one during his time as a commissioner.

“There was no cooperation between the auditor and commissioners while working on the budget process,” Dunlap said. “But there needs to be. The commissioners are the main fiscal personnel for the county and need to know what is going on in every department.”

Tkach talked about his dealings with other office holders.

“For the most part, I am in the office five days a week and there always is the willingness to make sure the public is served,” Tkach said. “I beleive we are working well with this board of commissioners and I have always answered everybody’s questions.

“We are here to work with everyone.”

If elected Dunlap vows to work with the commissioners to make sure they are always in the loop with what is happening at the auditor’s office and how the ebb and flow of the tax dollars impacts the county budget.

Huron County Republican Party Executive Committee Chairman Rob Duncan is excited about Dunlap’s decision to seek the auditor’s office. “Tom is experienced in all the right areas to be a great auditor,” Duncan said. “He understands the budget process and knows the importance of working with the public and with other elected officials.

“If Tom is elected, the auditor’s office will be in very capable and fiscally­conservative hands.”

Dunlap isn’t new to working in the public eye.

From 1974 through 1984, Dunlap was a Huron County sheriff’s deputy. Next, he was elected sheriff and served one, four­year term. Dunlap worked for the Bellevue Police Department from 1990 through 1992 and then spent the next 20 years as the academy commander of the criminal justice program at EHOVE Career Center. He has also served a term as Huron County commissioner from 2012 to 2016.

A lifelong resident of Huron County, Dunlap currently lives in Norwalk with his wife Jackie, to whom he has been married for 43 years. He has one daughter and three grandchildren.

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