Mayor Ben Stahler
Mayor Ben Stahler was born in Bellefontaine in 1959. He is the youngest of three children of Robert L. Stahler and Wanda L. (Marquis) Stahler. Their family roots stretch well before the 1840’s into Logan County. He is a graduate of Bellefontaine High School (1978) and received his degree in Pharmacy for Ohio Northern University in 1983. That same year he married his high school “sweet-heart”, Sara J. (Crawfis) Stahler, and they bought their first home in Bellefontaine. Today, they are the proud parents and grandparents. They have three adult children, two of whom are married and four grandchildren. Their children are college graduates and presently all are working in Bellefontaine and Columbus, Ohio. He began his pharmacy career at Mary Rutan Hospital in 1979 and continued there, as a pharmacist, until 2001. In 2001, Ben took on the role of Community Pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy in Bellefontaine. In July of 2014, Mr. Stahler retired his full time position, as a CVS Pharmacist, at the age of 54.
Mr. Stahler was appointed to the office of Mayor of Bellefontaine in October 2014 following the resignation of Adam Brannon. Ben came to this position with a variety of community experiences. Some of those include being elected to Bellefontaine City Council (2 terms, 1990-1993), elected to Bellefontaine Board of Education (4 terms, 1996-2008), and appointed to the Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education (1996-2003). He is presently serving on the United Way Board of Directors (18 plus years), President of the N.W. Ohio Pharmacy Association, and the Logan County Board of Elections (8 years). Mr. Stahler is a member and Elder at the First United Presbyterian Church of Bellefontaine and a member of the local Rotary Club (25 + years). In 2013, he was honored with the Elks Lodge “Citizen of the Year”. Mr. Stahler was re-elected in the November 2015 general election and will continue to serve as Mayor for a four year period.
As Mayor, Ben has a great deal of community pride! In addition to working closely with City Council and various Department Heads throughout city government, he believes that it is his duty to provide vision for opportunities of community economic development. The city, county and Area Chamber of Commerce should work closely to promote a business friendly environment in order to foster economic vitality.