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The Communications Manager works with the Board of Commissioners, county administrator and various county departments to ensure citizens can access county services. County Communications also provides a receptive, responsive and transparent source for media representatives.
Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent. Press Releases are available in our Media Room. Members of the media seeking interviews or information are encouraged to contact the Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner at (616) 738-4672. We are also happy to add you to our media contact list. Department communication specialists include: Ottawa County Department of Public Health - Kristina Wieghmink (616) 494-5597; Ottawa County Community Mental Health - Anna Bednarek (616) 494-5545; and Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission - Jessica VanGinhoven (616) 994-4716.
EngageWe embrace today's new communications world and we use several social media tools to share information and interact with you:
Speakers BureauThe Ottawa County Speakers Bureau provides professional and knowledgeable public speakers your civic organization, school, church, club, association, coalition, municipal league or other group. Choose from our Speakers Bureau list where you can contact the presenter directly. This list is regularly updated, so please check back often. A sampling of topics includes Ottawa County History, School Emergency Response Planning, Oral Health Education, Identity Theft, Medical Marijuana plus over 70 more!
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. FOIA Policy
The County SealThe official Ottawa County seal is a registered ® trademark of Ottawa County, and its reproduction is strictly prohibited. The seal is available for imprint on county projects by organizations doing business with the County. For a digital copy of the County seal that will keep all parties looking professional, please contact Shannon Felgner. The county logos on this website are not suitable for downloading, use in presentations, or other distribution.
Content, layout and original artwork: © Copyright Ottawa County. All rights reserved. No rights are extended for copying or distribution, and permission is not expressly granted for any online uses other than for viewing on the sites administered by Ottawa County.
Social Media Policy
Users and visitors to Ottawa County social media sites are notified that the intended purpose of the site is to serve as a mechanism for communication between the County and members of the public. Ottawa County reserves the right to remove published content that does not comply with privacy policies and the moderation rules set forth below;
- is abusive, obscene, indecent or offensive.
- is defamatory, harassing or hateful.
- that you do not have the necessary rights, licenses and consents to post.
- constitutes spam, unauthorized advertising or solicits.
- contains long embedded URLs.
- invades anyone's privacy or impersonates anyone.
- is far off-topic.
- encourages conduct that may or would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability, or that otherwise violates any local, state, national or international law or regulation anywhere in the world.
- the comment appears to contain irrelevant or excessive links or appears to contain code.