Tel: 419.435.8282

213 South Main Street, Fostoria, Ohio


Repairing or replacing a damaged street sign?
Contact Mike Kreais in the Streets Department at 419-435-4115. As you can imagine, the Streets Department employees are often out and about completing projects around town, so please leave a message and they will get back with you.

I would like to add or remove a stop sign, yield sign, or other traffic sign that affects traffic patterns. How do I go about requesting this?
For most traffic sign changes affecting traffic patterns, it must go through City Council. First you will want to contact your council person and attend the next city council meeting. You may also want to contact the Safety Service Director directly.

My street has potholes or is in disrepair. How do I get this fixed?
The city receives an annual budget of $200,000 to repair city streets. Streets are taken care of in order of their condition, with worse streets being repaired first. To request your street be put on the list for repair, contact Engineer Dan Thornton at 419-435-9775 or email for an evaluation.

Former Safety Service Directors: 
L.W. Gibson – 1/1/1914 to 1/1/1916
J. Wonderly – 1/1/1916 to 1/1/1918
J. Wonderly 1/1/1918 to 1/1/1920
J. H. Jeffries – 1/1/1920 to 1/1/1922
Clarence Huffman – 1/1/1922 to 1/1/1924
Jas Maneckr – 1/1/1924 to 1/1/1926
E.A. Shuman – 1/1/1926 to 1/1/1928
E.A. Shuman – 1/1/1928 to 1/1/1930
Dr. C.C. Page – 1/1/1930 to 1/1/1932
Charles A. Latshaw – 1/1/1932 to 1/1/1934
Charles A. Latshaw – 1/1/1934 to 1/1/1936
Eugene Smith – 1/1/1936 to 12/31/1937
Frank E. Blaser – 1/1/1938 to 12/31/1939
Frank E. Blaser – 1/1/1940 to 12/31/1941
Frank E. Blaser – 1/1/1942 to 12/31/1943
H.M. Wanzer – 1/1/1944 to 12/31/1945
H.M. Wanzer – 1/1/1946 to 12/31/1947
Frank. H. Kinker – 1/1/1948 to 12/31/1948 (resigned)
Ray Coburn – 1/1/1949 to 12/31/1949 (filled unexpired term)
Carl C. Shupe – 1/1/1950 to 8/31/1951
Richard Keys – 1/1/1951 to 12/31/1951
Paul Steinhour – 1/1/1952 to 5/17/1952 (resigned)
Lester Huth – 5/18/1952 to 12/31/1953 (filled unexpired term)
Honorable Robert Bradner – 1/1/1954 to 12/31/1957
Clarence H. Coppus – 1/1/1958 to 12/31/1959
George W. Peeler – 1/1/1960 to 12/31/1961
Harry R. Bradner – 1/1/1962 to 12/31/1963
Harry R. Bradner – 1/1/1964 to 12/31/1965 (Did not leave office until 1/10/1966)
Ray R. Coburn – 1/10/1966 to ??
Harry R. Bradner – 1/1/1972 to 12/31/1975
J. Charles Macias – 1/1/1983 to 5/31/1994 (retired)
Eugene R. Kinn – 6/20/1994 to (filled unexpired term)
Ronald L. Reinhard – 1/1/1996 4 year term
Ralph C. Wise – 1/1/2000 4 year term
Ralph C. Wise – 1/2/2004 4 year term
Bill Rains 5/1/2005 to 6/16/2008
Diane L. Lind 6/18/2008 to 11/2/2008
Dennis Fligor – ??? to 6/30/2011 (retired)
James Schreck – 7/1/2011 to 12/31/2011 (part-time)
Jimmie E. Deiter – 1/4/2012 to 2/6/2012
Allyson B. Murray – 3/19/2012 to present



My name is Allyson Murray, and I am the Safety Service Director.  As a twenty year resident of Fostoria I am committed to making our community a safe and prosperous place to live and work. I was hired as the Safety Service Director in March of 2012 and can safely say this is the most challenging yet rewarding job I have ever had.  I am very fortunate to work with such outstanding city employees.

Born & raised in Findlay, Ohio, SSD Murray graduated from Bowling Green State University. She then spent 3 years working in Louisville, Kentucky before moving to Fostoria in 1993. Having lived in Fostoria for the last 20 years, I consider it my home and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

What is your background of training? i.e. education, training, certifications, licenses you hold, experience you have had during or prior to working for the City?  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Merchandising from BGSU (1989), a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching License from Bluffton University (2011) and am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Organizational Development.  I am a LEAN manufacturing certified trainer and six sigma quality trainer.  I also hold financial officer certification from the UAW International.

What sorts of things does a typical day entail for you?  i.e. tasks, duties, etc.
NO two days are ever the same as Safety Service Director for the City of Fostoria.  As the supervisor for the Police Department, Fire Department and Municipal Works employees there is always something keeping me busy.  Whether it be returning calls from concerned citizens or meeting with employees my days are always full.  In addition to analyzing our city’s utility costs in an effort to find savings, I also look at the city’s’ insurance carriers, health plans and premiums to identify savings.  Developing an annual plan for capital improvements and city projects, as well as handling the human resource functions for the city are additional tasks I handle.  We are working very hard trying to get the most out of every dollar.

How many employees do you manage in your department?  The City of Fostoria employs 86 fulltime employees.

What do you like most about your job?  I love working to make our city the best it can be.  I have had the privilege of living among and working with such outstanding people here in Fostoria, I feel like this job allows me the opportunity to make a difference in our community.


Welcome to the City of Fostoria’s Department of Public Safety & Service!

The Department of Public Safety & Service directs Fostoria’s Police Department, Fire Department, Municipal Works supervisors and Municipal Works employees.  We are committed to providing excellence in safety and service to the citizens of Fostoria.

213 S. Main St., Fostoria, Ohio 44830 (2nd Floor)

Phone:   419-435-2561
Fax:  419-435-4192


Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Safety Service Director