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.
Ben Hackley, Council Member
Having lived in St. Paris for 30 years, Ben has had the opportunity to see this village through the eyes of an adolescent and as an adult. When Ben chose to run for Village Council back in 2017, he did so with the purpose of being a part of change.
“I ran for Council to do away with the way it’s always been done. I wanted to reform the Police Department and attempt to bring the Village into the 21st century.”
Ben worked at Eaton’s Market/Downtown Marketplace while he was attending Graham Local Schools. He graduated from Graham High School in 2001 and entered the workforce at Honda of America, where he worked for 17 years. He is currently self- employed.
Ben is married to his wife, Abby and they have four children: Haevyn, Avery, Aiden and Jaxon.
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.
Niven Jester, Council Member
A 1986 graduate of Graham High School, Jester graduated from the Clark State Police Academy, the Sinclair Community College Corrections Academy and the firefighter academy.
He is employed by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy and previously worked as a sergeant for the St. Paris Police Department and as a corrections officer at the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.
Niven has been on Council since 2014.
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.