City of Tiffin mourns passing of Jim Roberts

Roberts was a councilman, former county sheriff

Tiffin City Councilman Jim Roberts (right) takes the oath of office as Council President Pro Tempore in 2018. Also pictured are City Law Director Brent Howard (left) and Council Clerk Ann Forrest.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 – The City of Tiffin expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Tiffin City Councilman Jim Roberts Friday night, Sept. 13, 2019, after an illness. Roberts has been on council since 2012, representing Tiffin’s First Ward, and served as council pro tempore.

Roberts was re-elected in 2015 and was not seeking re-election for a third term.

Roberts was a lifelong public servant. Prior to seeking a position on council, he was the Seneca County sheriff from 1970-1978. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1961 and was stationed in Japan. For many years, Jim served on the Seneca County United Veterans Council, conducting military funerals and marching in Parades. He also had a seat on the Tiffin Parks and Recreation board and was a long-time member and former chairman of the Seneca County Republican Central Committee.

Roberts attended Heidelberg College, worked for 20 years for Findlex, which later became Nissin Brake Ohio and taught criminal justice classes at Tiffin University. He worked the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and also served as a counselor for Camp Hi Hopes, a Hancock County camp for children with cancer and their siblings. He was also involved in restoring the original World War II memorial that stood on the lawn of the 1886 Seneca County Courthouse and assisted in designing and soliciting funds for the Korean War Memorial on Frost Parkway.

Roberts was married to his wife, Barbara. They have two sons and eight grandchildren.

In 2014, he was named the Veteran of the Year by the Seneca County Veterans Service Commission and in 2015 was named the Citizen of the Year by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Jim was a true public servant, always putting the needs of the citizens of Seneca County first and standing up for his beliefs. Jim was a presence on Tiffin City Council and a long-time friend. I will miss him. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.”

Flags at City Hall are being flown at half-staff in memory of Council President Mark Hayes, who died Sept. 10, and will remain until Roberts’ funeral.