Commission Members


William S. Powell, Jr. is the President of the Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission representing the AMVETS. He served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1964 serving as a scuba diver satellite recovery. He is the Past-Commander for AMVETS Post #345 & a Past Commander for American Legion Post #85. Mr. Powell is a past Governor of the Moose Chapter #499 & Past President for the State Association of Veterans’ Service Commissioners. He is a member of the Newark and the Heath Eagles. He is a retired Deputy Sheriff Bailiff for Licking County and has lived in Newark since he was twelve years old. Bill served on the Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission from April 1, 1994 to December 31, 1999. He was reappointed to the commission and has served since January 1, 2001.


jones Gary Jones is the Vice-President of the Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission representing the Vietnam Veterans’ of America. He served in the United States Navy from 1964-1969 and during that time served two tours in Vietnam. He is a Life Member of VVA Chapter 55, a member of the VFW Post #1060, a member of the Licking County Veterans’ Alliance, member of the Veterans Initiative Task Force & board member of the Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee. Gary has served on the commission since March 8, 2006.


volpe Bernie Volpe is the Secretary of the Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1986 after over twenty-four years of service. He is a life member of the VFW Post #1060 where he serves as a Quartermaster. He is also a life member of the American Legion Post #85 (past executive board member), a life member of AMVETS Post #50, a life member of the Air Force Officers Association, member of the Moose Chapter #499, member of the Eagles, DAV (Service Officer) & local Red Cross Board of Directors. Bernie has served on the commission since January 1, 2006.


morrow Mr. C. Arthur Morrow represents the American Legion members on the Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission. Mr. Morrow served in the United States Army from 1960 to 1963. He is a life member of the American Legion and is a past Commander of American Legion Post 398 of Granville. He is the secretary of the Ohio State Association of Veterans’ Service Commissioners. He is also a life member of AMVETS Post 51 of Thornville, OH and a member of the Newark Eagles. Mr. Morrow is a practicing attorney in Newark with the law firm of Morrow & Erhard Co., L.P.A. Art has served on the commission since January 1, 2015.


Paul R. Wilson represents the DAV members on the Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 as a crew chief (left door gunner) on a UH1-H. He served in the Republic of Vietnam for 17 months assigned to MACV-SOG. He is a life member of the following organizations; DAV (Current Adjutant), Treasurer of Roger L. Cox Chapter #23, VVA Chapter #55 (current State Council Secretary), MOPH (Current Trustee) Chapter # 840, VFW (Past Adjutant) Chapter # 1060, Granville American Legion Chapter # 398, AMVETS Post 51, 170th AHC/52nd CAB, VHCMA and Special Operations Association. Nominated for Veteran of the year in 2008, Chapter #55 Veteran of 2008, Named Patriot of MOPA for 2016, and named 2016 Licking County Veteran of the Year. He retired as Supervising Chief Electrical Inspector for the State of Ohio and retired as Journeyman Inside Wireman IBEW #1105 Newark. Paul has served on the commission since January 1, 2017.

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