Clerk of Common Pleas Court Cindy Mollenkopf, left, and Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Fittro show off the equipment that was purchased. Deputy Fittro is assigned to process digital equipment for criminal investigations. (Submitted photo)
Clerk of Common Pleas Court Cindy Mollenkopf, left, and Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Fittro show off the equipment that was purchased. Deputy Fittro is assigned to process digital equipment for criminal investigations. (Submitted photo)
VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach and Clerk of Common Pleas Court Cindy Mollenkopf announced a joint effort to help the sheriff’s office with its criminal investigations. Sheriff Riggenbach said that in August 2018, the sheriff’s office received a grant award from the Office of Criminal Justice Services JAG(LE) grant to purchase software that will aid the sheriff’s office with its investigations that involve digital equipment. Riggenbach said that Mollenkopf then made a sizable donation to the sheriff’s office that was used to purchase equipment and specialized training for a deputy to process the digital equipment as part of criminal investigations.

“I am happy to be able to give money to the sheriff’s office so he can buy new equipment and technology, in order to keep the community safer,” Mollenkopf said. “The money used to help with this project comes from the Certificate of Title Department. The Title Department is solely funded by its self. When the clerk has a 2-3-year surplus of funds in their account, they can distribute the funds to other projects or the General Fund. I believe since the money is coming from the taxpayers when titling a vehicle or watercraft, the money should go back to help protect them. I am looking forward to helping the sheriff in the future.”

Riggenbach said he is very thankful for the support that was provided by Mollenkopf, that without the donation made by her, the project would not have been able to happen.