Teresa Bemiller was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November of 2008, after twenty-six years of elected and appointed government service. She is completing her second four-year term.
Her public service career began in 1979 at the Knox County Clerk of Courts Office. Appointed Clerk in 1983, she went on to be elected to three four-year terms. She left the Clerk’s office to work as Customer Services Manager at the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. In 2000 she came back to Knox County to serve as Director of the Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority. During her public service tenure, she has been active in many local and state boards and committees.
Teresa is the daughter of Russ (deceased) and Naomi Miller of Fredericktown, and has one sister Peggy. She is a lifetime resident of Knox County, and a graduate of Fredericktown High School. During her career she has taken numerous continuing education courses.
Teresa and her husband Greg reside west of Mount Vernon in Clinton Township. They have one adult daughter Heather Axtell, and two grandchildren, Isabella and Gavin.
She currently represents Knox County on the Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Knox Area Transit (KAT) Advisory Committee, 911 Advisory Committee, Family and Children First Council, DKMM Solid Waste District Board as well as the Executive and Finance Committees, the Executive and Community Committees for the Knox Substance Abuse Task Force (KSAAT), Mount Vernon Community Improvement Corporation, and the Revolving Loan Fund Committee for Knox County.
She is also a Board member of the District 5 Area Agency on Aging, and the County Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA), a statewide liability carrier for Counties. She sits on the Citizens Advisory Committee at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center, and is a member of the Board of Directors for CES Credit Union.
Commissioner Bemiller is committed to being fiscally responsible, and in protecting and enhancing the quality of life we enjoy in Knox County.
Thom Collier, 53
- 35 years- Self Employed- Speaking/Consulting and Real Estate/Property Management
- Mount Vernon City Council: January 2000 - September 2000
- State Representative: September 2000 - December 2008
Ohio House Committees: Economic Development and Environment - Chair, Education, Ways & Means, Commerce & Labor, Local Government, Criminal Justice, Financial Institutions, State Govt. & Elections
Regional Committees: CSG Midwest- Economic Development and Workforce Committee- Chairman
- Council of State Governments: Henry Toll Fellow- Highest Designation
- Council of State Governments: Legislative Leadership Development
- United Conservatives of Ohio: Watchdog of the Treasury Award
- American Council of the Blind-Ohio: Legislator of the Year Award
- Ohio Assoc. of Medical Equipment Services: Legislator of the Year Award
- Ohio Lawn Care Association: Legislator of the Year Award
- AMVETS Department of Ohio: Legislative Award
- Annual Legislative Prayer Service: Friend of Freedom Award
- Knox County Farm Bureau: Outstanding Service to Agriculture
- Pro Life
- Pro Business
- Pro Second Amendment
- Fiscal Conservative
- Agriculturally Friendly
Previous boards and leadership positions: Big Brothers/Big Sisters; American Red Cross; Place 4 Grace; Toastmasters International; Christian Star Academy; National Speakers Association, The National Exchange Club; Messiah Church; Care Net, Junior Achievement; American Cancer Society, Marriage Encounter, more.
Community Service Awards
- Modern Woodmen of America: Community Service Award
- Mount Vernon JAYCEES: Distinguished Service Award
- Mount Vernon Exchange Club: Dr. Mack- Exchangite of the Year
- Knox County Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Big Brother of the Year Award
- Knights of Columbus: Volunteer of the Year Award.