The collage of former Sheriff Tim Meyer features special moments while he serviced. (Photo submitted)
The collage of former Sheriff Tim Meyer features special moments while he serviced. (Photo submitted)
PUTNAM COUNTY — The same artist that did a composite picture of Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes was commissioned to do a composite picture of former Putnam County Sheriff Tim Meyer.

The picture was done as a special gift for Meyer as he left the office at the end of 2016.

Detective Marvin Schweibert had gone to school with local artist Don Huber and knew he had done these type of composite drawings for many years. The Woody Hayes composite was done when the 1968 football team celebrated their 25th anniversary in 1993.

“I was asked to do an illustration for the event,” Huber said. He has also done these type of drawings for Ohio State and Cleveland Brown football players.

Huber and Schweibert had attended school together at Patrick Henry.

“He asked if I would do this type of picture for Tim,” Huber said. “I told him to send me some pictures they wanted used in the collage.”

Schwiebert asked officer Staci Schroeder to do this part of the project.

“I took dozens of pictures from around the office, the website and the dogs and sent them to Don,” Staci said. She said this was done last October.

“Then Don gave me a rough draft of what the composite picture would look like,” Schroeder said. The picture included Meyer being sworn into office, the two drug dogs that were added to the force under his direction, a close up of Sheriff Meyer in uniform and an image of the sheriff cruiser parked in front of the Gilboa Historical Bridge.

Huber, who said he has been an artist all his life, said it often takes 20 to 40 hours to complete this type of image.

“I’m always careful to get details in the drawings so I like to have clear pictures to work from,” Huber said.

The composite was presented to Meyer by the sheriff officer employees during the local awards banquet on Dec. 2.

“I was absolutely surprised,” Meyer admitted. He said the detail on the painting was so good he could tell the dogs Nero and Kilo apart.

Meyer said he would like to thank the staff for all their support this past year.

“They showed a lot of dedication,” he said, noting it was the officers’ hard work and volunteerism that made the accomplishments possible during 2016. This included hosting a fundraising triathlon in Kalida, the Shop with a Cop program and the addition of two K-9 units.

“The officers also continued to expand their bond with the public,’ he said. “This is very important.”

Meyer said Sheriff Brian Siefker has indicated he is planning to expand the presence of the Sheriff’s Department in the public.