Elected Officials

New Bremen Mayor’s Welcome

As Mayor of this fine village, I would like to welcome you to our community.

While browsing through our site, I’m confident that you’ll be able to see for yourself why we’ve all come to call New Bremen home — and maybe, why you’ll want to call it home, too.

You’ll see glimpses of our beautifully restored downtown, get a taste of the commercial opportunities waiting for both employees and employers alike and start to recognize the hallmarks of our community — excellent schools, exciting career opportunities and a vibrant, welcoming environment.

We truly believe that we are “one of Ohio’s best kept secrets,” but it’s a secret we’re happy to share. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about the Village of New Bremen.

Jeff Pape
Mayor

Your Elected Officials

Position
Email
Jeff Pape
Mayor
mayor@newbremen.com
Don Kuck
Council President, Recreation Committee Chair
don.kuck@newbremen.com
Dennis Burnell
Council Member, Streets Committee Chair
dennis.burnell@newbremen.com
James (Jim) Kronenberger, Jr.
Council Member, Safety Committee Chair
james.kronenberger@newbremen.com
Jacob Larger
Council Member, Finance Committee Chair
jacob.larger@newbremen.com
Robert Parker
Council Member, Utilities Committee Chair
robert.parker@newbremen.com
Brent Richter
Council Member, Police Committee Chair
brent.richter@newbremen.com
Christine (Chris) Dicke
Village Administrator
christine.dicke@newbremen.com
Angela Hamberg
Economic Development Director
angela.hamberg@newbremen.com
Mike Skinner
Chief of Police
policechief@newbremen.com
Amy Speelman
Fiscal Officer
fiscal@newbremen.com

Village Committee Members

CommitteeMembers (committee chair in bold)
Finance
Including wages & policies
Jacob Larger, Jim Kronenberger, Don Kuck
Safety
Including fire, emergency squad & local school
Jim Kronenberger, Don Kuck, Jacob Larger
Police
Including policies & equipment
Brent Richter, Dennis Burnell, Bob Parker
Utilities
Including refuse & recycling
Bob Parker, Brent Richter, Dennis Burnell
Streets
Including storm sewers & sidewalks
Dennis Burnell, Bob Parker, Brent Richter
Recreation
Including parks, pool, trees, summer sports, decorations & beautification
Don Kuck, Jacob Larger, Jim Kronenberger

Jeff Pape, Mayor

Serving as New Bremen Mayor since Jan. 1, 2003. Current term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

New Bremen Resident: Lifelong.

Village Roles: Councilman from 1996-2003, Council President for 4 years and village delegate of the West Ohio Rail Authority.

Family: Wife, Kathy; sons, Andy (Stephanie) and Pete (Kacie); daughter, Lindsey; and six grandchildren.

Community Involvement: Active in New Bremen as a youth baseball, basketball and soccer coach, a fireman for 15 years, Bremenfest committee and Holy Redeemer Parish Council.

Career & Education Background: Jeff is an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer for Crown Equipment in New Bremen. He has been employed with Crown for over 35 years. He earned an associate degree from Wright State University.

Mike Skinner, Chief of Police

Serving New Bremen since March 1, 2001.

New Bremen Resident: Since 1999.

Village Roles: Police delegate for the County Wide Emergency Management Cooperative Advisory Group and police delegate for the Communities Joint Ventures & Partnerships Committee.

Family: Wife, Jennifer; three sons, Tyler, Nathan and Gavin; and one grandchild.

Community Involvement: Mike is a member of the New Bremen/New Knoxville Rotary Club and is active in elementary school safety programs.

Career & Education Background: Mike is a graduate of Elida High School. He graduated from the Police Academy in 1998 and completed FBI National Academy Session 263 in 2016.

Christine (Chris) Dicke, Village Administrator

Serving New Bremen since May 31, 2016.

New Bremen Resident: Since May 2016.

Village Roles: Zoning administrator for the Board of Zoning Appeals, on the board of the New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), program manager of the New Bremen-German Township Tax Incentive Review Council and housing officer for the Village of New Bremen.

Family: Daughter of Don and Lois Dicke (of Dicke's Service Station).

Community Involvement: Chris is a New Bremen native who recently returned to the community.

Career & Education Background: Chris is a graduate of New Bremen High School, class of 1979, and earned a business administration degree from Defiance College. After college, she began working for Mosser Construction in Fremont, Ohio, as a heavy equipment operator. Chris spent the previous 25 years working for the Ohio Department of Transportation in various roles, including county maintenance, transportation and project management.

Don Kuck, Village Council President, Recreation Committee Chair

Serving New Bremen since Jan. 1, 1998. Current term ends Dec. 31, 2021.

New Bremen Resident: Lifelong.

Village Roles: Finance Committee (Wages), Safety Committee (Fire), and village delegate for the Auglaize County Tax Incentive Review Council.

Family: Wife, Jacqui; son, Kris (Heather); daughter, Heather (Aaron); and five grandchildren.

Community Involvement: Don Kuck has served as the Council President since 2003. He is a charter member of the New Bremen/New Knoxville Rotary Club and has been involved with various Rotary projects locally and internationally. He is one of the founding fathers of Bremenfest (1974), along with John Gilberg. Don is also the co-founder of the local 301 club, an annual event held in collaboration with the New Bremen Athletic Boosters, where the fundraising monies benefit NBHS athletic programs.

Career & Education Background: For 44 years, Don was an independent agent and business owner of New Bremen Insurance Agency. He is proud to see how much the Village of New Bremen has grown and is pleased that he could be a part of the growth.

Dennis Burnell, Council Member, Streets Committee Chair

Serving New Bremen since Jan. 1, 1998. Current term ends Dec. 31, 2021.

New Bremen Resident: Since 1977.

Village Roles: Police Committee (Policies), Utilities Committee (Recycling), council delegate for the Auglaize County Board of Health District Advisory Council and village delegate for the New Bremen-German Township Tax Incentive Review Council.

Family: Wife, Sue, and a blended family of four children and seven grandchildren.

Community Involvement: Dennis has served on church council, Auglaize Industries Board of Directors and Auglaize County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He is a lifetime member of the New Bremen Historical Society.

Career & Education Background: Dennis and his late wife (Alice) moved to New Bremen in 1977 when they both accepted positions at New Bremen Local Schools. Along with teaching 6th grade, Dennis was also a school bus driver, taught driver's education and coached football and track. He retired from teaching in 2004. He is currently employed as a workshop supervisor at Auglaize Industries, providing adult day habilitation services for adults with disabilities. Dennis received his B.S. degree from Ashland University and a master’s degree from Marygrove College.

James (Jim) Kronenberger, Jr., Council Member, Safety Committee Chair

Serving New Bremen since Jan. 1, 2014.  Current term ends Dec. 31, 2021.

New Bremen Resident: Since 2002.

Village Roles: Finance Committee (Policies), Recreation Committee (Pool), council delegate for the Village Planning Commission and council delegate for the New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation (CIC).

Family: Wife, Janet, and four children, James, Ben, Lily and Joey.

Community Involvement: Jim had been a part-time police officer for 5 years and served 11 years on the New Bremen Emergency Squad. He is currently an active member of the New Bremen Athletic Boosters, Holy Redeemer Church, Holy Redeemer Contemporary Ensemble and New Bremen Rod & Gun Club.

Career & Education Background: Corporate Loss Control Specialist for the State of Ohio and Eastern Half of Indiana with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance since 2007, Regional Safety Manager for HD Supply in Ohio and Indiana and Safety Professional with Alcoa. Jim has a degree in business management specializing in environmental, safety and health and is a Minster High School graduate.

Jacob Larger, Council Member, Finance Committee Chair

Serving New Bremen since August 2017. Current term ends Dec. 31, 2019

New Bremen Resident: Native New Bremen resident.

Village Roles: Finance Committee, Recreation Committee and Safety Committee.

Family: Wife, Maria, and daughters, Cecelia and Gwendolyn.

Community Involvement: Active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Career & Education Background: Jacob is a graduate of The Ohio State University, as well as Capital University Law School. Jacob spent several years in Columbus in various government affairs roles, most notably working for the governor's workforce policy team.  Upon moving back to New Bremen in 2016, he worked as a senior administrator for Rhodes State College in Lima, and in late 2017, transitioned back to the workforce arena with Allen County Job and Family Services.

Robert Parker, Council Member, Utilities Committee Chair

Robert Parker, Council Member, Utilities Committee Chair

Serving New Bremen since Jan. 1, 2014.  Current term ends Dec. 31, 2021.

New Bremen Resident: Since 2002.

Village Roles: Police Committee (equipment), Streets Committee (storm sewer), village delegate of the New Bremen Tax Incentive Review Council and council delegate for the Communities Joint Ventures & Partnerships Committee.

Family: Wife, Michelle, and four children, Rachel, Greg, Casey and Sarah.

Community Involvement: Volunteer member of the New Bremen Emergency Squad and served on the finance board and parish council at Holy Redeemer Church.

Career & Education Background: Robert graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in business and from Indiana Wesleyan University with a master’s degree. He is employed at Waibel Energy Systems in Vandalia, serving as the company CFO.

Brent Richter, Council Member, Police Committee Chair

Serving New Bremen since Jan. 1, 2016.  Current term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

New Bremen Resident: Since 2003.

Village Roles: Utilities Committee (refuse), Streets Committee (sidewalk) and council delegate for the New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation (CIC)

Family: Wife, Teresa, and two children, Alexis and Hayden.

Community Involvement Brent has served as a board member of the Auglaize County Airport Authority, Neil Armstrong since 2014 and is currently the Board President.

Career & Education Background Brent graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and is employed at Crown Equipment Corporation as chief engineer of New Product Development. Brent is also a commercial instrument rated pilot.

Angela Hamberg, Economic Development Director

Serving New Bremen since June 11, 2011.

New Bremen Resident: Since 1998.

Village Roles: Officer of New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation, town co-Coordinator for GOBA-New Bremen 2013, coordinator of the Exploration Academy Program for 9th-grade students, strategic planning and in-house IT coordinator.

Family: Husband, Joe, and three children, Andrew, Cole and Benjamin.

Community Involvement: Active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, former catechist and vacation bible school teacher, committed bleacher attendee to her children's sporting events, serves on the Auglaize Mercer County Family YMCA board, New Bremen/New Knoxville Rotary Club member and a subcommittee member for Bremenfest Bike Tour.  Angela is also involved in numerous career and workforce development programs currently in place for students and adults

Career & Education Background: Prior to her role with the Village of New Bremen, Angela obtained her FINRA Series 6 license as a financial advisor for Prudential Financial. For 13 years, she had been a technical analyst in the IT department of The Minster Machine Company, earning Microsoft Certified Professional status. Angela studied business finance at Wright State University.

Amy Speelman, Fiscal Officer

Serving New Bremen since Jan. 16, 2017.

New Bremen Resident: Since 2005.

Village Roles: Finance Committee.

Family: Husband, Larry; daughter, Alana; and son, Marcus.

Community Involvement: Holy Redeemer Mass Coordinator, Eucharistic Minister and Finance Committee member.

Career & Education Background: Amy graduated from Tiffin University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has been employed as an accountant with Minster Bank for 22 years.

Village Council Structure and Meetings

New Bremen is served by a village council consisting of six voting members who are elected at-large for staggered four year terms on a non-partisan basis.

The village council meets in chambers at the village office at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, except in December when the fourth Monday meeting is not held.

Regular committee meetings are held at 6 p.m., immediately preceding the full council meeting. In accordance with Ohio Sunshine Laws, all meetings are open to the public.

A Village Solicitor is contracted for a two-year basis and writes or reviews legislation, contracts and other matters requiring legal expertise or opinions.

Running for Village Council

In compliance with the Ohio Revised Code, 731.09, the Village of New Bremen is served by a non-partisan board of six council members. The terms last for four years. Council members hold the legislative power of the village, and act in the best interests of the village through ordinances and resolutions.

In order to run for village council, you must be a village resident for one year preceding the election. You must be at least 18 years old as of the date of the general election and must be a registered voter of the village.

You’ll need to file to run for office 90 days before the general election. You can file with the Auglaize County Board of Elections. When you file, 50 valid signatures and a filing fee are required. Contact the board of elections for more information on filing.

Running for Mayor

Per the ORC 733.24, The New Bremen Mayor serves for a four-year term, which begins on the first day of January following the election. The mayor presides over the village council but does not have a council vote except in the case of a tie.

In order to run for mayor, you’ll need to be a resident of the village for one year immediately preceding election. You must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter in New Bremen. You must file with the Auglaize County Board of Elections 90 days prior to the general election. When filing, you’ll need to have 50 valid signatures and pay a filing fee.