Commendatory Resolution Plaque Presented to  Mr. Tom Chidster for his years of  dedicated sevice to The Wood County Common Pleas Court. Congratulations and Happy Retirement!
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"A Warm Goodbye From Mr. Tom Childster, Wood County Common Pleas Court"



Dear Boardmembers of the Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officers Association,

      It has been a pleasure to serve on the board for over ten years and a member of the association for over twenty years.  My career has over thirty seven years in the law enforcement field. I have enjoyed attending the training conferences and working with many great court officers. I am retiring on March 31, 2017 from the Wood County Common Pleas Court Security Department.  During my retirement, I look forward to traveling with my wife and spending time with my beautiful grandchildren. Thanks again for everything this association has brought to me and I wish all of you a wonderful future.

Sincerely,  

Tom Chidester, Chief Court Constable
Wood County Court Security Department


Praise for a Courthouse Employee!!!

Chief Court Constable Thomas Chidester,

Happy Monday! I am emailing you today in order to share praise for one of the security personnel at the Wood County Courthouse.

On Friday, January 20th, my friend Sarah and I had finished up our classes at BGSU and had decided to go for a walk. We ended up at the Courthouse and decided to take a look around. After clearing us for entry, Security Guard Mr. Joe Easterday inquired about our intentions visiting the Courthouse and we informed him we were there to look around and explore the history. Mr. Easterday then, unprompted, shared a great deal of history with us and recommended several spots that we should be sure to see during our time at the Courthouse.

 He advised we first adventure to the Law Library, as well as admire the originally preserved cornerstones in the staircase. So we did and it was lovely. Upon our reentry to the auditorium, Mr. Easterday greeted us again and we shared how neat we thought the Law Library was. He then consulted briefly with his duty partner (the name of which I do not know). Mr. Easterday then offered to give us a private tour of the remainder of the Courthouse. He not only was kind and respectful, but also entertaining and informative. All unprompted.

That Friday afternoon turned from an average after class walk, into an adventure at the Courthouse that Sarah and I will never forget. All because Mr. Easterday was kind enough to volunteer his time for us. I am unaware if there is any recognition you can provide this man. If not, I would still like you to know of the kindness this man has shown to two strangers.

If all employees were of the same caliber and kindness as Joe Easterday, the world would be a happier place.

Thank you for hiring employees that inspire letters like this,
~Collin Newton


2016 Winter Conference Pictures


The Stress Free Zone



“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress.....

Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. Engaging in healthy activities and getting the right care and support can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings subside in a few days or weeks. Some tips for beginning to feel better are:

  • Take care of yourself.
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
    • Exercise on a regular basis
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out
  • Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol may seem to help with the stress. In the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.

  • Take a break. If your stress is caused by a national or local event, take breaks from listening to the news stories, which can increase your stress.​

Recognize when you need more help.

 If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress.....

Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. Engaging in healthy activities and getting the right care and support can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings subside in a few days or weeks. Some tips for beginning to feel better are:

  • Take care of yourself.
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
    • Exercise on a regular basis
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out
  • Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol may seem to help with the stress. In the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.

  • Take a break. If your stress is caused by a national or local event, take breaks from listening to the news stories, which can increase your stress.​

Recognize when you need more help.

 If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.

www.cdc.gov