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January 2017
Commissioners sworn in

Dec. 30 was a big day for Commissioners  Ed Humphrey and  David Painter as they were sworn in to office. Commissioner Humphrey is beginning his third term. Commissioner Painter replaced longtime Commissioner Bob Proud, who retired. Commissioner Humphrey was sworn in by
Jesse Kramig, a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Ohio Attorney General's Cincinnati office. Commissioner Painter was sworn in by Municipal Court Judge  Kevin Miles . (Above, left, Commissioner Humphrey, his wife, Janice, Jesse Kramig; right, Commissioner Painter, his wife, Karla, Judge Kevin Miles.)  Read more here.
New sheriff, Common Pleas judge
Changing of the guard at Sheriff's Office as Steve Leahy takes command

Steve Leahy was sworn in as the new Clermont County sheriff at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 2 at Amelia High School by outgoing Sheriff Tim Rodenberg. Sheriff Leahy then swore in the entire Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Rodenberg retired after serving 20 years as sheriff. Sheriff Leahy began his career in law enforcement in 1991 as a road patrol deputy with the Sheriff's Office. At various points, he was commander of the court services division; investigative sergeant; and investigative lieutenant. He supervised both investigations and the narcotics unit. In 2013 he was promoted to the rank of captain. He became Chief Deputy of Operations in June of 2014.  Read more here.

Judge Anthony Brock was sworn in as a Common Pleas judge on Dec. 29. Judge Brock became a lawyer in 1993. He worked as an assistant prosecutor in the county for 12 years, and was appointed to a vacancy in Municipal Court in 2006, where he served until his recent election to Common Pleas. Judge Brock replaces Judge Thomas Herman, who retired after 25 years at both Municipal and Common Pleas courts. At right he is with his family: daughter Brandi, wife Holly, and son Daniel.



Sheriff's Office new website
Humphrey leads CCAO in 2017

Commissioner Humphrey sworn in by longtime friend, State Sen. Joe Uecker.
 
Commissioner Ed Humphrey was sworn in as 2017 President of the C ounty Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) on Dec. 5 in Columbus. 

"I'm honored to have been chosen to help guide CCAO's leadership as we work to achieve our mission of advancing effective county government," Humphrey said. "Counties provide services to residents in critical areas, such as justice and public safety, workforce preparedness, protecting children from abuse and neglect, administering elections, serving vulnerable Ohioans and maintaining roads and bridges. We operate as creatures of state statute and thus rely upon a strong state partnership. Acting through CCAO, we advocate for adequate funding to provide these vital services, seek flexibility to provide services more efficiently, and the ability to eliminate certain unfunded mandates and outdated functions." Read more here.
Bob Proud says goodbye
Commissioner Bob Proud, completing his 28th year of service to Clermont County, had a farewell tour of sorts in December, saying goodbye to many colleagues, friends and well-wishers. Here is a profile of Mr. Proud, who will now become a stay-at-home dad to his young son, Michael, above. Check out our Facebook posts for pictures of a reception in his honor and a short video from his last Board of County Commissioners' session. 
Resolve to be prepared in 2017

For 2017, why not include a resolution to get prepared?
  1. Get informed about the different hazards that could occur in your community. Learn the appropriate response to the risks that you and your family may face.      
  2. Create a family emergency plan. You and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance.  Develop a plan on how you will communicate with one another, how and where you will reconnect, and what you will do in each type of emergency.
  3. Build an emergency supply kit. Following a disaster, it may take time for power to be restored and emergency workers to reach your community.  It's important to have an emergency supply kit with food, water, and other necessary supplies to last a minimum of three days.  
  4. Get involved in emergency preparedness.  Spread the preparedness message with relatives, friends and neighbors. Preparedness is contagious.   
Join outdoor fun at Park District
The Clermont County Park District offers several events in January and early February:

Tuesday, Jan. 10: Homeschool Program: Winter Tree Identification (9:30-11 a.m.; Sycamore Park). This program is open to homeschooled children and will focus on using bark and other unique characteristics to identify trees in the winter. To register your child, please contact naturalist Jana Marshall at jmarshall@clermontcountyohio.gov or call 513.240.2615.
 
Saturday, Jan. 21: Animal Tracks and Signs Hike (10-11 a.m.; Crooked Run Preserve). On this hike, we will talk about how to identify different animal tracks and look for clues that animals leave behind of their presence. After our hike, we will provide hot chocolate and a snack.
  
Saturday, Feb. 4: Wonderful Wetlands Hike (10-11 a.m.; Shor Park). Wetlands are unique and important ecosystems that have not always been appreciated and understood. Join us on this hike to learn more about wetlands. This event is free and open to the public.
Planning Commission seeks members 
Applications are now being accepted to fill a vacant position on the Clermont County Planning Commission. The duties of this commission include the development, updates, application, and enforcement of the Clermont County Subdivision Regulations, recommendations to various township zoning authorities (pertaining to changes in their local zoning regulations), and other land use planning initiatives. 

Clermont County Planning Commission members are appointed by the Board of Clermont County Commissioners (BCC) for a term of three years and no members are permitted to serve for more than two consecutive terms. The Commission meets at 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 

The BCC invites interested citizens to apply by submitting an online application or by calling 513.732.7300 for more information. This position will remain open until filled.
Time running out to get 2017 dog tags

This is Samson, and he is getting new dog tags for 2017! Clermont County residents have until Jan. 31 to buy new tags without any penalty. Do yourself and your beloved pets a favor, and make sure they have their 2017 dog licenses. Find out more at the Auditor's website, including all the convenient locations around the county where the tags are sold.  #LoveYourDogLicenseYourDog.
News from around the county
DD NAMES VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR: Doug Young and Nicole Nicodemus of Clermont County Juvenile Probation were presented with the 2016 Clermont DD "Volunteer of the Year" award on Nov. 3. For several years, Doug and Nikki, both at left, have joined with Clermont DD to produce a one-day event called "Fishing with a Friend." This event pairs teens from Juvenile Probation with children and adults from DD; the groups get to know each other while they fish in a fully-stocked lake provided by the Southern Ohio Coon Hunters on Elmwood Road in Stonelick Township. This year's event was on Oct. 7, and more than 80 children and adults from Clermont DD enjoyed catching fish in the lake, eating lunch with their friends, and making memories with the teens from Juvenile Probation that will last a lifetime.

NEW WEBSITE PAGES: Over the last several months, Clermont County departments and offices have been updating their websites to make them easier to use and easy to find information. Among the new pages: Sheriff's Office, Soil and Water Conservation District, Emergency Management Agency, Clermont for Kids. We'll promote these new pages on Facebook as they come out. Feedback? Email Rfrost@clermontcountyohio.gov.


NEW ADDITION AT PUBLIC HEALTH: Brian Ward has joined Clermont Public Health as the new injury prevention coordinator. Brian will be working under the Injury Prevention grant focusing on reducing the number of drug overdoses in Clermont County . He is also a member of the Clermont County Opiate Task Force.
 
PAINT YOUR BARRELS: All artists, including students and seasoned professionals, are invited to apply to be part of the fifth annual Rain Barrel Art Project, an initiative designed to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff. Designs are due by Jan. 20. Read more here . Also, students have until Feb. 3 to submit designs for Spring Litter Clean-Up T-shirt design contest. Read more here.
 
NEW VETERANS COMMISSIONER: Donald Shepherd of Batavia will be the new Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Commissioner beginning Jan. 15. He will be joining Commissioners Robert Derr (Am Vets), Cliff Riley (Vietnam Veterans of America), Ken Cook (Veterans of Foreign Wars), and Thomas Cooper (American Legion).
 
AT THE LIBRARY: The Clermont County Public Library has lots of activities planned for the winter months. Visit clermontlibrary.org for more information.
  • The National Weather Service will present two programs about flooding at the New Richmond Library, one for children at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; and one for adults at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30.
  • The Milford-Miami Township Library will host a Used Book Sale Jan. 26-28. Call 513.248.0700 for hours.
  • The Bethel Library will hold a Used Book Sale Jan. 28, Jan. 30 and Jan. 31. Call 513.734.2619 for hours.
  • The Union Township Library will have a Used Book Sale Jan. 30-Feb. 4. Call 513.528.1744 for hours.
  • 2017 is the Year of the Pioneer at the Library in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. A kick-off birthday celebration will be held at the Goshen Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7; and at the Amelia Branch at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

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