Sandusky County Commissioner
Kay E Reiter
Fall of 1973 Mrs. Reiter graduated from Bowling Green School of Nursing and that next day she went right to work as a Floor Supervisor! Mrs. Reiter worked in the healthcare industry for 22+ years where she worked in many different professional positions: Long term-care floor supervisor, surgical nurse, medical office nurse, Director for medical office buildings and seven (7) local hospital owned medical practices, Hospital Director of Physician Relations - responsible for physician/specialty practice recruitment & their support staff. While working at the hospital Reiter threw her hat into the race for township trustee for Ballville Township, where she served three elected 4-year terms. Reiter later served as the Hospital Foundation Development Director where the foundation successfully completed a $6.7 Million Capital Campaign that built Memorial Hospital’s Herbert/Perna Health & Wellness Facility, today it is known as ProMedica Memorial Hospital’s 360 Physical Rehabilitation Center.
In 1996 Reiter left the healthcare arena and took on a whole new career-path, she was selected as the Chief Executive Officer/President of the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County in Fremont, Ohio. The chamber programs successfully developed under her leadership for over 7 years included the “Students-In-Business Partnership” Day, The NorthCoast Business Expo, and the development of the Chamber’s Reach Program; a business mentor program for 4th and 5th graders throughout Sandusky County’s eight (8) school districts. While as the chamber leader Reiter completed the Sandusky County Leadership Program and the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Academy. Reiter also was a founding board member for the local T.R.I.P.S. transportation systems now serving riders throughout the Greater Fremont area.
In 2003 Reiter stepped into a new role as the Executive Director of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) where she served over 13 years. She completed the Ohio Development Agency’s economic development regional course at Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio. She was responsible for SCEDC’s plan of work and during that timeframe the Sandusky County business community realized over $1.2 Billion in business capital investments. During her leadership the Fremont-Sandusky County Region was named as a “Top 100 Micropolitan Region” in the United States due to local business investment and expansion for over four (4) years in a row. SCEDC also had received a state level award for their “THINK” Manufacturing Program; a workforce program with touch points that are geared for local 9th-grade students. This program continues today! Reiter served in leadership roles for multiple local, regional, and state boards focused on economic and workforce development, including board chair of NORED (Northwest Ohio Economic Development Association). Prior to Reiter leaving her leadership role with SCEDC her fellow NW Ohio economic development professional friends honored her with the “Flame” Award – due to her igniting energy for economic development and workforce development.
Reiter’s life again took a totally different turn, after a little encouragement from her family and friends she ran for the open seat of Sandusky County Commissioner in 2016. After 18 months of hard work she was sworn into office as a new commissioner on January 3th, 2017 where she serves today. Currently Reiter is serving a 2nd 1-year leadership role as the President for the County Board of Commissioners and Reiter serves on over 19 different boards and committees representing Sandusky County. As a commissioner Reiter and her fellow Sandusky County Commissioners responsibilities include the formulation of a multi-million-dollar budget, approval of all purchase vouchers, the negotiation and approval of union contracts, pro-active long-term planning, bidding of all county roads and bridge projects, the oversight of all the county’s buildings and grounds, and the day-to-day handling of a wide variety of county issues.
Reiter recently celebrated 45 years of marriage with her husband Dale and they together have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren. Reiter has a strong drive to serve the community she lives and plays in; she has served on many community and church related boards. Reiter is a 25-year member of Rotary of Fremont and has worked through their committee chairs to become their club president and is currently the vice-chair of their Foundation Board and chair of the Foundation Finance Committee. Reiter introduced the club’s current youth mentoring program STRIVE to the local club - this is a program that focuses on high school seniors who are at risk of not graduating, it is modeled after Libbey High School’s STRIVE Program. Mostly recently she is serving a 3rd 6–year term as an Ohio Governor appointed member of Terra State Community College’s Governing Board and was recently elected a 2nd year as their board chair. Reiter also serves as a founding member and chair of the B.R.A.S.S. (Bellevue Recovery and Support Services) Board of Directors. This is a new non-profit works closely with families and individuals who are struggling with or recovering from addiction.
Reiter is proud to say she lives in Sandusky County and she continuously encourages others to get involved and make a difference for the communities they live, work and play in!