Our Board

Each township that our fire district serves has their own respective representative. Our representatives put each of their township’s residences best interest forward while on the board of the Northwestern Fire District. Our NWFD board members serve two year terms.

Logan Rife

York Township Trustee Representative

Logan Rife is Chairman of the Northwestern Fire District Board and a York Township Trustee. He is a lifelong resident of Union County, a North Union Alum, and graduate of The Ohio State University ATI. Logan farms with his family at Kemp & Sons Farms, LLC where he is also a salesman for Stewart Seed Company. Logan enjoys showing Quarter Horses around the country with his family. He loves rural community life and has been involved with many organizations and causes throughout the county.

Beth Marshall

Taylor Township Trustee Representative

Beth Marshall married John Marshall in 1973 and they spent 45 years together before his passing in 2018. She lives on St. Rt. 347 on John's Grandfather's farm where they raised their three children, Amy, Lindsay and Marc. She worked for 34 years at the Scott’s/Miracle-Gro company. Beth is on staff at Middleburg UMC, active in the Central Ohio Emmaus Community and several other organizations that keep her busy. Her favorite hat she wears is that of being Grandmother to her 3 granddaughters. There is never a dull moment! Beth feels honored to represent Taylor Township as a Trustee and was asked to serve on the board with Jerry McClary (Liberty) and Logan Rife (York) to bring a fire district to our community. That project was done in February, 2020, and the Northwestern Joint Fire District became a reality.

Jerry McClary

Liberty Township Trustee Representative

I was born and raised in Madison County Ohio and graduated from Jonathan Alder High school in 1986. I married my wife Chrissy in 1988 and relocated to the Raymond area in 1998 where we built our home on Storms road. The area quickly became home and we raised our 4 children here. My wife and I own 2 businesses, Castle Rock Electric and Ruddy Duck Cabins in the Hocking Hills. My wife is also a realtor with Revolution Realty.
I have always tried to be part of my community and do my part. I serve on the Union County building board of appeals, I also coached baseball and softball in Broadway and Raymond for 11 years. I have served as a Liberty Township Trustee for 10 years and also am honored to serve as a Trustee on the Northwestern Joint Fire District Board. It is a privilege to serve with so many great people who truly love this area as much as I do.

Our Team

Tim Merrick

Fire Chief, Northwestern Joint Fire District

Chief Timothy M. Merrick began his fire career as a volunteer with the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department, in Raymond, Ohio. He was hired in 1993 as a Volunteer Firefighter. In 1995 was hired by the City of Marysville. In 2000 he earned the rank of Lieutenant at the Liberty Township Fire Department. His appointment to the position of Fire Chief in February 2021 came after the fire department transitioned from a single Township department to what is now known as the Northwestern Joint Fire District his appointment came from the fire board after a statewide search and the three township represented with equal say in the process. He brings many technical skills to the position including; Incident Command, EMS, Special Operations, Technical Rescue, Fire Suppression, HazMat, Health & Safety, Strategic Planning, Fire Training Academy, Officer Training and Labor Relations. During his education, he attended Owens Community College, Columbus State, the Managing Officers program at the National Fire Academy and is enrolled at Columbia Southern University.

Allison Hamilton

Fiscal Officer

My name is Allison Hamilton, I am a 31 year resident of Union County; just growing up next door in Hardin County.
I am the Fiscal Officer for the Northwestern Joint Fire District. With my current position, in a neighboring Township, I come to the District with over 19 years of experience in Local Government. The Township has a Full Time Fire Department and a Full Time Road Department. In addition, I am serving over 5 years as the Fiscal Officer for a Public Library. I also provide local government consulting services. I mainly assist other entities in navigating the UAN (Uniform Accounting Network) system that is provided by the State. Prior to working in the Public Sector, I have over 10 years of experience working in the field of Human Resources in the Private Business Sector.
In my free time, I enjoy gardening, camping with my family and friends and taking trips with my husband of 30 years. My husband is a Full time Firefighter/Paramedic. He has been serving the communities in Union County for almost 30 years. Our daughter completed her Undergrad at the University of Kentucky and is currently beginning her 3rd year of Medical School at the University of Pikeville. We also have a grand dog, although nicknamed “Shedmaster 3000”, we enjoy having around.
I am honored to be serving with the Northwestern Joint Fire District Board of Trustees and embarking on the journey with them to help serve and protect the District’s residents.

Amy Beeney

Administrative Office Manager

My name is Amy Beeney, I am a 35-year resident of Union County; was born and raised in Larue, Ohio. I was hired by the Northwestern Joint Fire District as their Administrative Office Manager beginning January 2024. I come to the district with over 19 1/2 years of experience in County Government where I familiarized myself with all county and state processes and procedures as well as learned how to work with cultural differences and generational diversity within the workplace. I am very organizational focused, detail oriented and attentive to community needs. Also, during my 19 ½ years I have built a strong relationship with partnering agencies within this county as well as outlying counties which will serve as a great resource in my current position.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time camping with my family and friends and attending sporting events of our grandchildren with my husband of 29 ½ years. My husband is a Retired Firefighter, serving 25 years with Richwood and retired from the Whirlpool Corp after 42 years of dedication and commitment to the Marion division. We not only have 8 beautiful grandchildren and one little angel in heaven; we have 5 children and their significant others that we are beyond proud of. I am very honored to be given this chance to work side by side with the District Board of Trustees, the fire personnel and the community while this district continues to develop and grow. I am looking forward to the future of the Northwestern Fire District.

NWFD Board & Administration