The Village of St. Paris Municipal building is located at 135 West Main Street in St. Paris, Ohio.
Elected officials consist of mayor Brenda Cook and six council members; Terry Ervin ll, Steve Lett, Ben Hackley, Susan Prince and Niven Jester.
Spencer Mitchell is the Village Administrator and Marc McGuire is the Fiscal Officer.
Address: 135 West Main Street, St. Paris, Ohio 43072
Brenda Cook, Mayor
Brenda is a graduate of Graham High School Class of 1967. After high school, she received her Bachelor of Science Home Economics degree from The Ohio State University in 1971. In 1980, Brenda received her Master of Science in Education degree from The Ohio State University.
Brenda taught Family Consumer Science (Home Economics) at Urbana Junior High School, Graham Middle School and Graham High School. She has two adult sons, David (Miranda) Uhl and Stephen (Kristin) Uhl. She is also a grandmother to five grandchildren: Gwyn, Nora, Sully, Hattie and Lawson Uhl.
Brenda has long been an involved member of the community. She chose to run for Village Council because she “believes that everyone needs to get involved with their community. It takes a variety of views working together to improve our village”.
Terry W. Ervin II, Council Member
Being a resident of St. Paris since 1990, Terry Ervin decided to get involved in his community. “I chose to run for council because I wanted to serve the community in which I live,” he said. Terry has been on Village Council since January 2012. He also serves on the St. Paris Planning Commission and the JSP Fire Board.
Terry received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University, majoring in Biology and minoring in English. He earned his Master of Education Degree from Urbana University.
Terry is currently an English instructor at Upper Valley Career Center where he has taught for the past 28 years. Terry is a published author and has written several fantasy and science fiction books over the years. He has been married for twenty-nine years and has two daughters.
Chad Hackley Sr., Council Member
Chad has been a member of the Village Council since December 2019.
Susan Prince, Council Member
Susan has been a resident of St. Paris since 2003. She grew up in the Graham Local School District and graduated from West Liberty-Salem High School in 1997. She currently works for Assurant and has since 2004.
Susan joined the Village Council in 2018 because she “wanted to assure the community that they can trust the council to make good decisions for our village”.
Susan is married to her husband, Steve and they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Steve Lett, Council Member
Steve Lett has been on council since January of 2018.
Randy Smith, Council Member
Randy joined the U. S. Navy after high school. After his service he became a welder while attending college. He received his associate’s degree in accounting and his bachelor’s degree in business. After 25 years in the insurance industry he became an insurance broker where he still works for a total of 38 years in the field.
Randy Smith has been on council since January of 2020. He joined the council in hopes of improving the village infrastructure…. mainly the streets.
Lynn Miller, Council Member
Lynn has been a resident of St. Paris since 1976. He and his wife Mona raised 4 children who all graduated from Graham High School; Melissa, Christopher, Timothy and Michael. He has 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Lynn grew up in the military life. He father was stationed all over the world. He, himself, join the US Army for 4 years working on a helicopter maintenance crew. He then join the US Navy Air where he attained his culinary skills and was eventually in charge of military events. He retired from the US Navy after 18 years of service. After the military Lynn became an appliance repairman. He worked at an appliance shop right here in St. Paris.
Lynn Miller has been on the St. Paris Village Council since 1996.
Spencer Mitchell, Village Administrator
Spencer Mitchell joined the Village of St. Paris as Village Administrator in October of 2018. As Village Administrator, Mr. Mitchell is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Water, Wastewater and Street Departments. He also oversees the future planning and budgeting for the Village.
“I enjoy trying to find ways to improve the quality and efficiency of the services that the Village of St. Paris provides to its residents. I want to help make a positive impact on the community that I grew up in.”
Mr. Mitchell joined the Village of St. Paris Water Department in May of 2017 before being named Village Administrator in 2018. He is a graduate of Graham High School, class of 2004. Before joining St. Paris, he worked 10 years as a fleet manager for a prominent package delivery company. Spencer enjoys spending time with his wife, Andi, and their three children: Jack, AJ and Bo.
Marc McGuire, Fiscal Officer
Marc McGuire joined the Village of St. Paris as a Fiscal Officer in July 2018. He is Graham High School graduate as well as an alum of the University of Dayton.
“It’s been both rewarding and challenging being the Fiscal Officer for the Village. Learning and understanding my Fiscal Officer responsibilities, interacting with the residents, and working with great people have been enjoyable.”
Marc enjoys spending time with his wife and son, running, and just being outdoors.