Ottawa County Media Room
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
MI Works! & Community Action Agency - Mike Stock (616) 494-3403
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office - (616) 738-4000 following the prompts to the Sheriff’s Office
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.
Current Press Releases
November 14, 2013County Commissioner Appointed to MDOT Group
Don Disselkoen, Ottawa County Commissioner representing District 3 (City of Holland Wards 1, 2, 3 & 6, Ward 4 Precinct 3), began his second three-year appointment to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council this past month. The State Transportation Commission unanimously approved the appointment which will last until September 30, 2016. “I have enjoyed my work on the Council as the Michigan Association of Counties’ representative during the last three years and am honored to be reappointed for another term,” commented Don Disselkoen. Read More
November 12, 2013Ottawa County appoints Community Mental Health Leader
The County of Ottawa is pleased to announce that Lynne Doyle has been selected as the new Executive Director of Community Mental Health of Ottawa County. Ms. Doyle previously served as Deputy Director at the agency and has been employed in various positions with Ottawa County over the last 20 years. She is a Limited Licensed Psychologist and has Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Public Administration. “Lynne has done an excellent job as interim executive director following Dr. Brashears’ exit. Doyle was a unanimous choice to replace him. She knows the system well given her many years with the Department,” added Don Disselkoen, Chairman of the Ottawa County Community Mental Health Board and Ottawa County Commissioner representing District 3 (City of Holland Wards 1, 2, 3 & 6, Ward 4 Precinct 3). Read More
November 5, 2013
Ottawa County Department of Public Health Receives
Michigan Department of Community Health Director’s Award
Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director’s Award for Excellence in Local Public Health. The department was selected for their innovative collaboration and leadership efforts demonstrated through their Beach Health Educational Campaign. “We acknowledge the significance of Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s active engagement in the protection of our natural resources and prevention, through the reduction of determined health risks, on behalf of Michigan citizens and visitors,” said Melanie Brim, Senior Deputy Director of the MDCH Public Health Administration. Read More
October 28, 2013
Register Now for the Ottawa County Water Quality Forum
Twenty-five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline; 475,000 feet of prominent rivers and streams; 3,600 acres of major inland lakes. These are just a few of the unique characteristics of the Lakeshore's Ottawa County - and they are worth protecting. On Monday, November 25, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and citizens are invited to the Eighth Annual Water Quality Forum. The forum brings together area experts to share and discuss ways to safeguard and preserve one of West Michigan’s most valuable resources—its water. A distinguished group of researchers from Hope College, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University plus organizations including the Ottawa County Health Department, Ottawa Conservation District and many more will share results and updates on water quality projects. The complete agenda is available at www.miOttawa.org along with registration details. The forum is held at the Ottawa County Administrative Complex at 12220 Fillmore in West Olive from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The fee to attend is $10 and registration is limited to the first 150 participants. Registrations must be received no later than November 20. Questions about the forum should be directed to the Administrator’s Office at 616-738-4898. Read More
October 21, 2013
All Set with Your Flu Shot?
What about other vaccines for preventable diseases?
You’re ready for this flu season, but are you and your family up-to-date on other vaccinations? Immunizations protect our community from dangerous infectious diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and more. Remember years ago almost everyone got chickenpox? It was one of the most common childhood diseases and unfortunately it caused many to suffer through itchy blister-like rashes. Thankfully, chickenpox vaccine has changed all that. Chickenpox vaccine protects you against a very uncomfortable and sometimes serious disease. Chickenpox used to be very common in the United States. About 4 million people would get the disease each year. Also, about 10,600 people were hospitalized and 100 to 150 died each year because of chickenpox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Immunizations are safe and effective.Currently in Michigan, thousands of children become ill from various types of diseases that could have been prevented. If you have any questions about your children's immunizations or need to schedule an appointment, please contact your pediatrician or health care provider. For more information, visit Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) www.miOttawa.org/Immunize. Read More
September 23, 2013
Parks Offering Program Line-up for Bird Enthusiasts
Calling all bird watchers. Ottawa County Parks has lined up a series of programs that will have you chirping! Not a birder? Try a birding event and you just may find yourself captivated by the majestic creatures. The programs are free and no registration is required. Both beginning and experienced birders will enjoy the Thursday Morning Bird Walks in search of fall migrants along the trails of Hemlock Crossing Park. Hikers should bring binoculars. The hikes are canceled if raining. Bird watchers who prefer to view their feathered friends from the warmth of great indoors can join us for Coffee with the Birds. Sip a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate as you spend an hour observing the feeders and discussing birds with parks naturalist and resident birding buff, Curtis Dykstra. Times, dates, locations and more.
September 19, 2013
Make Family Memories at the Parks Programs
Fall is a fantastic time for families to visit the Ottawa County Parks and create lasting memories. Bring your clan for a free, fun-filled Family Hour every Sunday at the Nature Education Center within Hemlock Crossing Park. These hour-long, indoor-outdoor programs begin at 2pm. Programs vary but often include a story, hike, craft, or hands-on activity. “Not only are the programs fun, but kids learn about the amazing, natural world. Adults are even likely to learn a thing or two, but will find the greatest joy watching their children’s eyes light up with each discovery.” commented Shannon Felgner, Ottawa County Communications Manager. Programs are best suited for families with children ages six and older, and some are best for ages nine and up. Read More
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