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County Offices will be closed on November 27th & 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ottawa County Media Room

Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent.  Members of the media seeking interviews or information are encouraged to contact the Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner.

A handful of County Offices respond to media inquiries directly including:
Ottawa County Department of Public Health - Kristina Wieghmink (616) 494-5597
Ottawa County Community Mental Health - Anna Bednarek (616) 494-5545
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office - (616) 738-4000
If you are having trouble determining to whom you should direct your inquiry, the Communications Manager is a great place to start. 

Do you feel like you are the last to know about an Ottawa County Press Release? We are happy to add you to our media contact list. Email or call Shannon Felgner at (616) 738-4672.

Current Media Releases

November 21, 2014

Ottawa County Gives Thanks for Families on Adoption Day

On Tuesday, November 25, many Michigan families will have a special reason to give thanks this season as they welcome new members into their families. These happy families will be celebrating, along with judges, court staff, and social workers as adoptions are finalized on the state’s 12th Annual Adoption Day. Ottawa County’s 20th Circuit Court will hold a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by confirmation hearings with Judges Mark Feyen and Kent Engle presiding and a concurrent reception as each adoption becomes official. The public is invited to celebrate at Ottawa County’s Family Court Offices located at 12120 Fillmore in West Olive. Read More.

November 20, 2014                                                                

Grand Opening of Great Lakes AG-Tech Business Incubator

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is hosting the Grand Opening of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator on Monday, December 1 at 10 a.m. ( Location: County Administrative Annex: 12220 Fillmore Street in West Olive,) The Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator is a non-profit corporation which provides farmers and entrepreneurs hands-on support as they navigate the complex system of commercializing their farm inventions. Special guests expected at the event include Congressman Bill Huizenga, Senate Majority Leader Elect Arlan Meekhof, Representative Roger Victory, and Representative Joseph Haveman--who will be making a major announcement involving this first-of-its-kind Ag-Tech Business Incubator. Read More.

November 10, 2014

Sexuality educator receives distinguished service award

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) congratulates Heather Alberda, B.A., OCDPH Sexuality Educator; winner of the Roy R. Manty, Distinguished Service Award. She accepted the award at the Michigan's Premier Public Health Conference on October 22. The award was created to honor the name and perpetuate the memory of Roy R. Manty, Chief for the Division of Local Health Administration at the Michigan Department of Community Health. It's awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in public health, specifically in Michigan. "No one could be more deserving of this year's award," said Meghan Swain, executive director of Michigan Association for Local Public Health. Read More.

November 3, 2014

Local dentist volunteers more than 20 years to children

I am acknowledging Dr. James Strikwerda, DDS of Holland, for his work in our community. Dr. Strikwerda has volunteered his services to the Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s (OCDPH) Miles of Smiles (MOS) mobile dental unit for more than 20 years. His partnership with OCDPH started at the beginning of the MOS program in 1994. He began volunteering his time as a supervisory dentist; overseeing the program, providing his expert knowledge and providing direct patient care.

Doc, as we call him, no longer acts as our supervisory dentist. However, he and his wife, Dolly, stay involved with the program through their generous contributions. Their financial donations have helped qualifying low-income, uninsured children receive dental treatment who otherwise may have gone without. Dr. Strikwerda has a heart of gold and greatly helps increase access to dental health care services for Ottawa County children. Thank you so much, Doc! About Miles of Smiles

Freedom of Information Act Requests

All requests made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the act. Requests for public information should be made to the department which is responsible for the custody of the records.

Shannon Felgner,
Communications Manager

Main Office

12220 Fillmore Street
Room 210
West Olive, MI 49460
Phone: (616) 738-4672
FAX: (616) 738-4888
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm