Employee Listing


Keeping Geauga County safer
through preparedness.

12518 Merritt Road
Chardon, Ohio 44024-9049

(440) 285-2222, Ext. 2170
Newbury and Burton Residents:
1-888-714-0006, Ext. 2170 Direct Line:  (440) 279-2170
Administrative Fax:  (440) 286-1023
Operations Fax:  (440) 285-7016


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Below is a brief history of each staff member.  You can call any member of the Department of Emergency Services through the main phone line 440-279-2170

Roger Peterson,
Roger has over 25 years in public service with a background in Fire, EMS and Nursing. Roger has also served as an Emergency Planner in the private sector. He is very active with his community and family.
E-Mail: rpeterson@co.geauga.oh.us
Judith A. Oberstar,
Administrative Secretary
Judy has been with the agency for over fifteen years and is very active in her community, church, and schools.
E-Mail: joberstar@co.geauga.oh.us
Thomas (Tom) Vencl BS, MS,
Deputy Director
Tom has over 40 years of service in fire/rescue, healthcare safety and emergency management. He has experience in both the public and private sectors. Tom grew up in Geauga County and raised his children in the West Geauga School System.
E-Mail: tvencl@co.geauga.oh.us
Michael "Austin" Rice BS, MS
Austin has years of training and experience in Safety and Emergency Management. He is a Black Belt in combined marital arts, and is an Eagle Scout. Also, he has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management. He is active in his community, church, and family.
E-Mail: arice@co.geauga.oh.us