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Current Media Releases

January 14, 2016

Ice Jams & Flooding Possible on the Grand River in Ottawa County The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management and the Grand Rapids National Weather Service are closely monitoring the level of the Grand River at Robinson Township due to a possible ice jam on the river at Grand Haven. As of this morning (1-14-16) the level rose to flood stage and the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Robinson Township. Read More & Share Link:

January 13, 2016

Area Churches Make Safety a Priority

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office will be conducting Emergency Operations Workshops for houses of worship in the area. According to Carl Chinn, a national expert on church violence, there have been 1156 Deadly Force Incidents at places of worship in in last 15 years. These threats of violence are very difficult to predict. Read More

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Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent.  Members of the media seeking interviews or information are encouraged to contact the Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner.

A handful of County Offices respond to media inquiries directly including:
Ottawa County Department of Public Health - Kristina Wieghmink (616) 494-5597
Ottawa County Community Mental Health - Anna Bednarek (616) 494-5545
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation - Jessica VanGinhoven (616) 994-4716
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office - (616) 738-4000
If you are having trouble determining to whom you should direct your inquiry, the Communications Manager is a great place to start. 

Do you feel like you are the last to know about an Ottawa County Press Release? We are happy to add you to our media contact list. Email or call Shannon Felgner at (616) 738-4672.

Freedom of Information Act Requests

All requests made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the act. Requests for public information should be made to the department which is responsible for the custody of the records.

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  • Shannon Felgner,
    Communications Manager

Main Office

  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 210
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4672
    FAX: (616) 738-4888
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm