From left to right: Commissioner Mike Stegall, Sheriff Toby Spencer, Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Whittaker, Commissioner Larry Holmes, Commissioner Matt Aultman.

Commissioners appoint Whittaker as interim sheriff, support mental health levy

The Darke County Board of commissioners met on Monday afternoon to appoint Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Whittaker as the Interim Sheriff and to sign a proclamation in support of a mental health levy renewal. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were all present.

The board approved Resolution (R-333-2021), to appoint Chief Deputy Sheriff Whittaker as the Acting Interim Sheriff upon the retirement of Sheriff Toby Spencer on Oct. 31, 4 p.m.

Chief Deputy Whittaker has served over two decades at the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. He’s served 26 years at the department and 12 years as the Chief Deputy Sheriff Whittaker.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Whittaker said the sheriff was a great leader.

“He’s the best boss I’ve ever had after 30-some years in public safety,” he said. “I appreciate the privilege to serve as your acting sheriff before such time that others make a decision.”

The board added that they look forward to Chief Deputy Sheriff Whittaker’s ascension as Interim Sheriff.

“We look forward to this,” Commissioner Holmes said. “Mark’s been with us a long time and it’s a natural progression. In particular, we want to wish Sheriff Spencer an enjoyable retirement.”

At the end of the meeting, Sheriff Spencer said he enjoyed working with the board over the years.

“They’ve always treated us with a lot of respect,” he said. “Of course we didn’t get everything we asked for, never anticipated that, but we’ve got a lot done at the sheriff’s office over the past few years. I really appreciate the board of commissioners working with me, and getting a lot done for the betterment of the county.”

Next, the board signed a proclamation in support of the renewal of the Tri-County Mental Health & Recovery Levy. The levy would amount to $20 a year, or five cents a day for a typical Darke County homeowner.

The levy would support many mental health resources in Miami, Darke and Shelby counties.

The services supported by the levy include responses to opioid epidemic, access to hospitals and detox beds, 24-hour crisis services, supervised housing for those in recovery, safe and supported housing for those with severe mental illnesses, treatment and services for those without insurance/other means to pay, coalitions of community stakeholders, prevention and wellness promotion, building resiliency in youth, training and support to police and other public safety officers and education resources.

Executive Director of the Tri-County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Terri Becker thanked the commissioners for their ongoing support.

“We enjoy working with the commissioners, and we appreciate the support,” she said.

The Darke County Board of Commissioners hold regular session every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at 520 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information contact the commissioner’s office at 937-547-7370.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at

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