Board of Commissioners

As your Commissioners, we are proud to serve our residents and guests. We are committed to providing a high quality of life for all who live in, work at, or visit our communities. Our unique blend of skilled workforces, leisure and recreational opportunities is why we say Erie County is where resources abound.
-Erie County Commissioners

Mission Statement

To improve the health, safety and welfare of all Erie County citizens, the strength of its economy and the quality of the environment.
Patrick Shenigo Patrick Shenigo was elected to the Erie County, Ohio Board of Commissioners on November 4, 2008. He is a life-long resident of the Erie County Community. Pat is married to Cam (Stacey) Shenigo, and has four children. He has been involved in real estate development and business ventures in Erie, Lorain, Cuyahoga, and Franklin Counties.

Among advocating for reduced spending and efficient government since taking office in 2009, Mr. Shenigo has served on the Transit Technical Advisory Committee and Executive Board, the Erie County Land Bank Executive Board, President of the Erie County Solid Waste District, and President of the Erie County Metropolitan Planning Organization's Policy Committee.

Mr. Shenigo has also been pivotal in assisting in the development of the newly created Erie County Port Authority and has provided support to various regional transportation projects including improvements along the US 250 Corridor.

Also, he continues to champion the local NASA Plum Brook Research Station on regional, state, and national platforms; sharing the message that Plum Brook is a world-class testing and research facility that has far reaching impacts on national security and the economy.
Matt Old Matt Old is serving his first term as Erie County Commissioner. Mr. Old was born and raised in Berlin Heights. He attended Edison High School, graduated from Bowling Green State University, and taught government, history and current events.  From 2009 - 2017, Mr. Old served as a Berlin Township Trustee. He is the Vice-President of the Board of County Commissioners. Feel free to contact Mr. Old anytime at 419-602-7815 (cell).
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Stephen Shoffner was elected to his first term on the commission in November of 2018.  He began his term on January 1, 2019.

Steve is very passionate about having open, free and frequent conversations with residents, business leaders and local government leaders.  He wants to make sure the concerns of the entire county are being considered by the county commission.  His overriding goal is to help Erie County become the premiere place to live, work and play in Ohio.

You can contact Steve anytime by phone: 419-627-7753 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Steve has been the Director of News Operations at a cluster of northern Ohio radio stations for the past 25 years – including WLEC 1450 AM and WCPZ Mix 102.7 FM.

He has been the radio host for the annual Easter Seals auction for the past 25 years, helping further the programs and services provided by the agency, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019.Steve is also a US Coast Guard licensed boat captain and for the past 9 years he has operated a towboat for the Sandusky based Towboat US franchise.  He is also a past member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and is currently enrolled in a random drug testing program.He is a current member of the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) of Erie County and is also a member of the 2019 Erie County Board of Revision.Steve and his wife Kay reside in Perkins Township, but his family has been in the Sandusky area since the 1950’s.  He graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in communications after being born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Erie County Commissioners

Patrick J. Shenigo
Mathew R. Old
Stephen L. Shoffner
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2024 Bike Week in Downtown Sandusky
Erie County is proud to congratulate the Ohio Bike Week organizers on their twenty-second anniversary.  Events will be held from May 24th through June 1st.
The main event held in downtown Sandusky, occurs Thursday, May 30th through Saturday, June 1st.  Erie County citizens should be aware that our Office Building will be open during that time for the public to conduct business.   That address is 247 Columbus Avenue.   The Erie County Parking Garage will also remain open throughout the event.  
The Erie County Commissioners appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 
May 22, 2024
Attention residents:  If you recently received a letter from Ohio Edison informing you that Dynegy, the supplier of the current aggregation, is ending, that is correct.  You should have received an opt out letter late October from Energy Harbor regarding the new aggregation.  If you did nothing, you will be enrolled in the next aggregation.  However if you opted out you will go back to Ohio Edison.   If you did not receive the opt out letter, please call Energy Harbor at 866-636-3749 to get enrolled or click on the following link:

 Please note: Erie County Aggregation communities consist of all of the townships in Erie County as well as the Village of Castalia.  The Village of Berlin Heights will have aggregation in Spring 2024.  
The City of Huron and City of Sandusky have their own aggregations, so contact the city for more information.

Erie Co. Administrator, Hank S. Solowiej, CPA

Clerk of the Board, Erin M. Paolano

Commission Meeting Recordings


  • Drafting and enforcing policies regarding the County’s multi-million dollar budget.
  • Taxation.
  • Purchasing. 
  • Contract agreements. 
  • Grant agreements.
  • Public policy-making including such issues as health and human services, economic development, farmland preservation and solid waste management.
  • Holds title to County property.
  • Hearings and rulings on annexations.
  • Approving drainage improvements through ditch petition process.
  • Establishing water and sewer districts and making improvements.
  • Serves on boards and appoints members to boards and commissions.
  • Approves road and bridge improvements.
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