Meet Your Sheriff
As Van Wert County Sheriff, I, Thomas M. Riggenbach took office on January 2nd, 2013. Before being elected as Sheriff, I worked in a variety of positions within the Sheriff’s Office. I began my career on the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary as a Special Deputy before being hired full time in 1995 as a Deputy SheriffDuring my time as a Deputy Sheriff in the Enforcement Division with the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, I was assigned to K-9 Division and was a K-9 handler for seven years. In 1999, I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where I worked as a shift Sergeant and supervised the personnel assigned to my shift. In 2005, I was promoted to Chief Deputy of Corrections, where I oversaw the day to day operations and managed the two dozen or more personnel of the Van Wert County Correctional Facility.