City of Marion Administration

Mayor - Scott Schertzer

Mayor Schertzer was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Marion in November 2019. He will begin his fourth term as Mayor of our City on January 1, 2020. Prior to being elected as Mayor, Mr. Schertzer served the City of Marion as an At-Large City Councilman for nine years. Before taking his oath of office as Mayor in 2008, Mr. Schertzer was an educator in Marion County for thirteen years. He also worked for Mary Ellen Withrow in the Treasurer of the State of Ohio office as well as Sherrod Brown in the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

Mayor Schertzer is a graduate of Ridgedale High School and the University of Toledo, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Social Studies Education.

Mayor Schertzer currently serves on the Ohio Municipal League Board of Directors (Past President), Engage Cuba Coalition Ohio State Council, Community Corrections Planning Board, Downtown Marion Advisory Board, Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, Marion CANDO! Board, Marion City/County Emergency Management Agency, Marion County Family Children First Council, Marion County General Health District Advisory Council, and Marion County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank). His other community involvement includes the Marion County Historical Society and serving as a Salvation Army volunteer.

Mayor Schertzer and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, Sydney and Olivia.

Director of Public Safety - Randy Caryer

The Director of Public Safety is appointed by the Mayor. The major duties of the Director of Public Safety include: planning and administering public safety activities of the city, responsible for the activities of the police and fire departments, develops policy and directs and coordinates human resources activities related to the departments overseen, and serves as the chief negotiator during union contract negotiations.

Randy Caryer was appointed as the Director of Public Safety on January 1, 2020 after serving as the Director of Public Service for nearly four (4) years. He has served the citizens of Marion for nearly 38 years. In the first 34-1/2 years, Mr. Caryer worked for the Marion City Police Department and held the positions of Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major, and Interim Chief of Police before retiring in April of 2014.

Mr. Caryer graduated from River Valley High School in 1976 and then from North Central Technical College with an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement. He completed his basic police training at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy. His advanced training includes graduating from Police Executive Leadership College (PELC), The Marion Area Leadership Program, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2010.

Mr. Caryer resides with his wife, Shannon, in the Morral area. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Director of Public Service - Interim

The Director of Public Service is appointed by the Mayor. The major duties of the Director of Public Service include: planning and administering public service activities of the city. He is responsible for the activities relating to the City Parks and Aquatics Center, Marion Municipal Airport, Marion Senior Center, Marion Area Transit, Information Technology, and City Hall building maintenance. The Director of Public Service also develops policy and directs and coordinates human resources activities related to the departments overseen.

Cathy Chaffin was appointed as the Interim – Director of Public Service on January 21, 2020.  Prior to serving the City of Marion as Deputy Auditor/Tax Commissioner from January 2008 through December 2019, Mrs. Chaffin served as Clerk of Council from January 2000 to December 2007.  Mrs. Chaffin came to the City of Marion after working in a private law firm from 1992 to 2000.  

Mrs. Chaffin is a graduate of Marion Harding High School and received a Paralegal degree in May 1992.  She is Currently CPIM Certified, as well as FIA (Fiscal Integrity Act) Certified.  

Mrs. Chaffin and her husband reside in Marion County.  They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Director of Public Works - Jim Bischoff

The Director of Public Works is appointed by the Mayor. The major duties of the Director of Public Works include: planning and administering public works activities of the city, responsible for the activities relating to sewer systems, refuse collection, engineering, street maintenance, solid waste disposal, utility billing, landfill closure and continued monitoring, and all other public works activities. The Director of Public Works also develops policy and directs and coordinates human resources activities related to the departments overseen.

Jim Bischoff was appointed as Director of Public Works on May 10, 2016. Mr. Bischoff re-joins the City of Marion, having previously served as the City Engineer and Assistant City Engineer before accepting a job in the private sector. His experience includes over 15 years of engineering experience in both public and private, with a diverse background in engineering design, estimating and project management.

Mr. Bischoff obtained a degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Mr. Bischoff resides in the Kenton, Ohio area with his wife, Joy. They have three children.