(1-7-20) With 2020 coming in as a new year, so will be an end of an era at the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Allen F. Solomon, with over 40 years of service at the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, with 16 of those years being the Sheriff of Auglaize County will be retiring at the end of this year with his term as Sheriff expiring. However, before December 31, 2020 comes along, Sheriff Solomon has many obligations in which he will be fulfilling his last year of Sheriff. Besides serving the citizens of Auglaize County as the Sheriff, he will also be serving the citizens of the State of Ohio as the President of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.
Sheriff Allen F. Solomon was sworn in as the 2020 Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association President on November 19, 2019 at the Annual Conference in Sandusky, Ohio. Sheriff Solomon has been the Sheriff of Auglaize County since January of 2005, and in August of 2019 announced he would be retiring at the end of his current term which expires December 31, 2020. Throughout his years of being Sheriff of Auglaize County, Sheriff Solomon has been extremely active and has played a large role with the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, otherwise known as BSSA. Solomon has had the duties of being a Northwest Sheriff Director, was the Committee Chair for DARE, and ran the seats of being on the Board of Directors where he was elected President of the Board for 2020.
When Sheriff Solomon announced he was going to be retiring, the other Board of Directors for BSSA held an executive meeting to have Solomon voted in as President for his last year of being Sheriff. This came as a huge surprise for Sheriff Solomon, as he was humbled and this is something he will not take lightly. He is extremely appreciative of how the Board of Directors looked at the situation and his fellow Sheriff’s felt it extremely important to have Sheriff Solomon as President of BSSA for his last year as Sheriff.
As being President of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association for 2020, Sheriff Solomon will be overlooking the Sheriff’s of all Ohio’s 88 Counties. He will also represent the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association at the National Sheriff’s Conference held in June of 2020. Some of the roles and responsibilities Sheriff Solomon will have as President of the BSSA is appointing committee chairmen, he could testify in front of the State Legislation, if needed or as needed, and will represent the BSSA on the advisory board pertaining to State and Local Government. The Board of Directors of the BSSA will also meet monthly in Columbus, Ohio for their meetings.
The State of Ohio is divided into four districts, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast and Southeast. These districts have monthly meetings whether it is a luncheon type meeting or a dinner meeting. At these meetings Sheriff’s will bring staff members and will usually have various guest speakers to discuss ongoing issues which law enforcement officials tackle on a daily basis. The counties within these districts will switch off hosting the monthly meetings as well. The Present will also attempt to attend these meetings throughout his term. Sheriff Solomon is excited to work hand-in-hand with the other County Sheriff’s of the State of Ohio in his last year of being Sheriff of Auglaize County.