Nathan Vandenbroek
Nathan Vandenbroek

VAN WERT – In the first ever unanimous vote, Nathan Vandenbroek was selected by the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee on Thursday evening to fill the County Treasurers position after the retirement of Beverly Fuerst.

During the interview process, Vandenbroek, originally from Toledo, explained that he and his wife, Jessica, moved to Venedocia a little over a year ago and that they have a son. The couple runs a sheep farm.

Vandenbroek's experience ranges from sales manager to business owner, and soon he will finish college with his Masters in Business Administration. He is proficient in several accounting programs and has experience managing a staff.

Vandenbroek has also worked on several political campaigns, including the Trump campaign.

He is currently the treasurer of an organization called the National Tunis Sheep Registry which provides money for individuals to show and raise Tunis sheep. He is also the treasurer of the Peony Festival in Van Wert.

"I'm very excited to represent the individuals of Van Wert County," said Vandenbroek. "One of my goals and passions is to represent the individuals of Van Wert. That's why I want to be involved. The opportunity to do it on this level is truly amazing because of all the amazing things that are happening downtown. It's a blessing."

Vandenbroek said he will spend the first days on the job learning the fine details and said he looks forward to working with the team at the treasurer's office.

"Beverly did a great job, and I'm very excited to follow in her footsteps," said Vandenbroek. "With her team and her backing that is already in place, it's going to be great growth and great transition for the county."

County Republican Chairman Thad Lichtensteiger noted that Vandenbroek will now need to win the November election in order to remain the County Treasure. A local Democrat reportedly filed to run in November's race on Thursday.

"We're delighted to have him as our new treasurer," said Lichtensteiger. "He presented very well. He's very personable, and he talked about his multitude of experiences on the farm, about being able to campaign. He's just a naturally personable guy that can walk into a room of 50 people, and pretty soon he knows everybody in the group and they all know him."

The committee interviewed three other candidates for the position – Kimberly Harter, JoAnne Simmerman, and Kent Stanton. A fifth candidate, Becki Mollenkopf, conceded prior to the interview process.

Each candidate was asked to tell the committee about themselves and were asked to respond to four questions. All candidates were interviewed separately and were asked the same four questions.

"I'm very excited to represent those in Van Wert County but also represent those individuals in the county want to see out of that office," said Vandenbroek. "That's important to me to see what we can do for the individuals in our community."