Past Clerks For Wood County

YearsClerk NameParty Aff.Special Notes
1820-1834Thomas R McKnightAppointed as 1st Clerk for Wood County. Was a banker prior to the appointment
1834-1842John WebbCame to Wood County in 1822, Was a "Hatter" by trade; Mr. John Webb also served as the Wood County Sheriff at some point;
1842-1849Joseph Utley
1849-1850James W. Ross
1850-1857L. O. SimmonsAlso acted as County Coroner while he was Clerk of Courts
1857-1860John C. WebbSon of John Webb
1860-1863William H. Jones
1863-?John W. KnaggsRAppointed T. J. Webb & W.S. Eberly as deputies and both later served as Clerk of Courts
?-1866Thomas J. WebbAppointed as Acting Clerk to complete J. W. Knaggs term of office
1866-1872George Wedell
1872-1878Andrew P. Steward
1878-1884William S. EberlyWas a school teacher prior to being appointed as a Deputy Clerk by Clerk John W. Knaggs. Mr. Eberly studied law and accepted the bar on 08/07/1868. Elected Clerk in 1878 & served two terms
1884-1887Robert M. DonnellyBefore running for office he was an Educator. Sworn into office on February 9, 1887
1887-1888Allan W. RudolphRBefore being appointed as Clerk he and several others formed "The Equitable Bldg. & Loan Co." later known as State Home Savings. Mr. Rudolph also served as the Editor & Proprietor of the "The Sentinel" for 20 years. Appointed as Clerk in 1887 to straighten out the affairs that R.M. Donnelly created where Donnelly was proved to be a defaulter.
1888-1894Alanson L. MuirRWas a Teacher prior to being elected as Clerk in 1887. At time of his election he was the youngest official ever-elected in Wood County. Served in office for six years and six months before retiring and purchasing "The Tribune"
1894-1900Joe E. BairdRWas an Educator, Served as an "Accessor" for two terms. In 1893 he entered the Law Dept. at the U. of Michigan and then became the candidate for the Clerk's position.
1900-1902Thomas J. LakeRTook office "first Monday of August, 1900 for a term of three years
1902-1904Thomas J. LakeRTook office "first Monday of August, 1902 for a term of three years
1905-1906Edward L. BlueROn 12/26/1905 Mr. Blue was appointed to complete un-expired term of Thomas J. Lake, deceased until first Monday of August, 1906
1906-1909Edward L. BlueRElected to first Three year term
1909-1911Edward L. BlueRElected to a Two year Term starting in first Monday in August 1909
1911-1913George W. HisteDFirst "Two" Year Term beginning on First Monday in August, 1911
1913-1915George W. HisteDSecond "Two" Year Term beginning on 08/04/1913
1915-1917George B. FultonFirst "Two" Year Term beginning on First Day of August, 1915
1917-1919George B. FultonSecond "Two" Year term beginning on 08/06/1917
1919-1921Harry T. ShaferRFirst "Two" year term beginning on First Monday, in August, 1919
1921-1923Harry T. ShaferRSecond "Two" Year term beginning on "first Monday August, 1921
1923-1925Alta DeRiarRFirst Female Clerk in Wood County, OH; "Two" Term begins on 08/06/1923
1925-1927Alta DeRiarRSecond "Two" Year term began on First Monday of August (08/03/1925)
1927-1929Alta DeRiarRThird "Two" Year term began on First Monday of August (08/01/1927)
1929-1932Fred L. AdamsFirst Term (3 year & 5 month term) beginning on 08/05/1929
1933-1934Harold WollamFirst "Two" Year term beginning in January, 1933
1934-1936Harold WollamSecond "Two" Year term beginning "first Monday of January (01/07/1934)
1936-1940Harry BavisDFirst "Four" Term beginning on 1st Monday, in January, 1936
1941-1944Harry BavisDSecond "Four" year term beginning on 01/06/1941
1945-1948Mary R. MercerRFirst "Four" Term beginning on 1st Monday, in January, 1945
1949-1952Mary R. MercerRSecond "Four" year term beginning on first Monday, January, 1949
1953-1956Mary R. MercerRThird "Four" year term beginning on first Monday, in January, 1953
1957-1960Helen HunterRHelen Served as Chief Deputy in the Title Office before being elected. Began her first "Four" year term on First Monday of January, 1957
1961-1964Helen HunterRSecond "Four" year term beginning on First Monday, January, 1961
1965-1968Floyd LeGalleyRServed as County Commissioner prior to being Clerk; Was first Clerk to start investing "Inactive funds"; First "Four" Year Term beginning on 01/06/1965
1969-1972Floyd LeGalleyRSecond "Four" term beginning on first Monday in January, 1969
1973-1977Floyd LeGalleyRThird "Four" term beginning on 01/04/1973
1977-1981Earl L. RifeRBefore Elected Clerk of Courts he was the County Sheriff being the last Wood Co. Sheriff to live in the living accommodations of the Jail; Began his First "Four" year term on First Monday, in January, 1977; After serving one Term Mr. Rife was appointed by Pres. Ronald Reagan to be the District Marshall
1981-1984Betty J. HaasRWas Chief Deputy prior to being elected. Had served for Clerk LeGalley & Clerk Rife. Began her first "Four" Term on 01/04/1981
1985-1987Betty J. HaasRSecond "Four" Term beginning on first Monday in January, 1985
Oct. 1987Fonda S. PikeRAppointed Acting Clerk on 10/01/1987 until Republican Party Replaced Retired Betty J. Haas
1987-1988Rebecca E. BhaerRWorked in Clerk's office as the Bookkeeper before being Appointed to Complete unexpired term of Betty J. Haas beginning on 10/21/1987
1989-1992Rebecca E. BhaerRFirst Full "four" year term beginning on First Monday of January, 1989
1993-1996Rebecca E. BhaerRSecond Full "Four" year term beginning on First Monday of January, 1993
1997-2000Rebecca E. BhaerRThird Full "Four" year term beginning on First Monday of January, 1997
2001-2004Rebecca E. BhaerRFourth Full "Four" year term beginning on First Monday, January, 2001
2005-2008Rebecca E. BhaerRFifth Full "Four" year Term beginning on First Monday, January 2005
2009-2012Cindy A. HofnerRWorked in Clerk's Office under Clerk of Courts LeGalley, Rife, Haas and served as Chief Deputy for Clerk of Courts Bhaer before elected to serve in her first "Four"Year Term beginning First Monday, January 2009
2013-2016Cindy A. HofnerRSecond Full "Four" year term beginning on First Monday of January, 2013
2017-12/31/2020Cindy A. HofnerRThird Full "Four" year Term beginning on First Monday of January, 2017