Steve Stolte Receives MORPC's 2019 William H. Anderson "Excellence in Public Service" Award
Union County Commissioner Steve Stolte is the recipient of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) 2019 William H. Anderson Excellence in Public Service Award.
The William H. Anderson Award recognizes a current or past board member who exemplifies outstanding leadership, a vision for the community and the region, and commitment to MORPC. William H. Anderson, a longtime MORPC board member, was the epitome of a civic volunteer who is remembered for his zeal with which he championed MORPC’s mission and goals.
Stolte exemplifies a dedicated public servant who works tirelessly to better the lives of residents in the region. Stolte’s public career includes Marysville City Engineer, the Union County Engineer and Union County Environmental Engineer. In 2011, Stolte was appointed County Commissioner, subsequently elected, and continues to fill this role. As the Union County Board member of MORPC, Stolte quickly engaged himself with leaders from around the region serving as the Sustainability Advisory Committee Chair, which subsequently led to 31 governments committing to fostering actions and plans to be more sustainable. Most notably, Stolte was a key leader in assisting MORPC with fostering the successful launch of the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO). CORPO allows counties outside the MORPC transportation planning area, but within the Central Ohio, to become engaged in planning for future transportation projects.
Because of his leadership, several rural counties have elected to become MORPC board members, and others have stepped up to be CORPO members thereby strengthening the planning network for the Central Ohio region.