Tom Spetnagel Jr. is a lifelong resident of Chillicothe. He was Chillicothe High School's valedictorian for the year 2000 and he obtained his law degree from Capital University Law School. At age 27, he defeated a 25-year incumbent to become the youngest person ever elected Auditor for the City of Chillicothe. To date, he is the only person to ever serve in that role for both the City of Chillicothe and Ross County.
As Ross County Auditor, Tom is both the chief financial officer and chief property tax assessor of Ross County. He is responsible for appraising the more than 43,000 parcels in Ross County for property tax purposes, maintaining an accurate accounting of the $50 million in revenues collected each year by the county, and issuing payroll to its 700+ full-time and part-time employees.
Throughout his career, Tom has been very active in the local community. His passion for history has led him to volunteer at Adena Mansion and Gardens, where you might've seen him portray Thomas Worthington or one of the Worthington family members in Adena's Murder Mystery Dinner. He is also the Treasurer for Chillicothe High School's Alumni Association, and he has been a volunteer for the United Way of Ross County and the Good Samaritan Food Pantry. Tom was selected by his peers to serve on the statewide Executive Committee for the County Auditors' Association of Ohio. He is happily married to his wife Breanne, and they have two sons-- Tre and Tyson.