|Quote of the Week: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” - Nelson Henderson|
|New Terms begin for Two County Commissioners:|
Dowlin to serve as Board President;
|Commissioner John Dowlin was sworn in for his
third full term as a County Commissioner at the January 3rd
Board meeting and was elected as the Board President at the Board’s
organizational meeting on January 8th.
Commissioner Dowlin was sworn in as Board President by State
Senator Richard Finan, President of the Ohio State Senate and a long-time
friend of Commissioner Dowlin's. In his speech
at the organizational meeting, Commissioner Dowlin highlighted many of the
County’s achievements over the past ten years including successful
welfare reform efforts, criminal justice improvements, and greater
professionalism in County government.
Commissioner Dowlin also highlighted his goals for the new term
including a focus on “transforming lives” through an emphasis on work
force development that helps the working poor and “community justice”,
continued improvement in the “business-like” operations of County
government, and fiscal responsibility.
|County Engineer Brayshaw begins his third term|
Planning Partnership Charts County’s Future
|County jurisdictions join process to promote partnership|
Representatives from Hamilton County jurisdictions including approximately 75% of the county's population have begun discussing ways in which they can use the unique strengths of their individual communities to work together to form a comprehensive plan for development in the County.
The Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission convened the first meeting of the Planning Partnership September 27th at a luncheon at the Drake Conference Center in Hartwell. The Hamilton County Commissioners have supported the idea of the Planning Partnership as a way to obtain greater local participation in countywide planning initiatives.
“By working together on
issues that cross community boundaries, the Planning Partners can use
resources more efficiently, and increase the quality of life for their
residents,” said Jay Buchert, chairman of the Hamilton County Regional
Planning Commission. “When
communities come together to work on common issues, only good things can
happen. Sometimes it just
takes talking face to face to see how certain problems can only be solved
by the whole rather than the parts. The
Partnership is a forum for this kind of interaction.”
At its first meeting, the
Planning Partnership unanimously agreed to launch two strategic
initiatives. The first is
called Community COMPASS - Comprehensive Master Plan and Strategies for
Hamilton County. Community
COMPASS will use citizen participation to identify ways Hamilton County
and its jurisdictions can leverage their diversity, promote effective and
efficient planning, and achieve more by working together.
The second major initiative is a citizen survey. This survey, which was mailed to 4,500 Hamilton County households, will help identify public perception, thoughts and feelings about community planning issues. The survey will provide a foundation of information for dialogue and research within the Community COMPASS process. Look for survey results in the next issue of Hello, Hamilton County.
|ExTRA, ExTRA, Read All About It!!|
|(monthly maximums are
$175/month for parking and $65/month for mass transit). Since the County
has limited parking spaces available and many employees must pay to park
their cars (some pay in excess of $1000 per year), this new program will
ease the financial burden for employees by decreasing the net cost of
Also, the benefit applies to Metro or RideShare van pooling costs
to employees. The ExTRA
Program is expected to be very popular with County employees. For more information contact your personnel/payroll officer
or Kim Pennekamp at 946-4705 in the County Personnel Department.
|County Appoints New
County announced this week the appointment of Ralph Linne as the
County’s new Facilities Director. A
native of greater Cincinnati and a graduate of the University of
Cincinnati, Mr. Linne has extensive private sector experience and
currently serves as the Manager of Facilities for Cuyahoga County.
to County Administrator David Krings, “Ralph Linne is an outstanding
professional and will be a good addition to the County team. We expect
that he will be able to step in and continue the improvements that have
taken place in County Facilities over the past several years. ”
am excited about the opportunity and look forward to serving the citizens
of Hamilton County,” stated Linne.
“I am impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the
quality of work that is being done. I look forward to being a part of the
team and providing the citizens and employees of Hamilton County with
facilities that are clean, safe and pleasant places to visit and conduct
Hamilton County Facilities Department is responsible for the planning,
maintenance, preservation, and expense control for approximately 3,000,000
square feet of office space. The
department manages seven large multi-story urban buildings and 12 other
suburban buildings. County
facilities have received significant local and regional recognition in
recent years. Two County
facilities, the William Howard Taft Center and the Hamilton County
Courthouse, have been recognized as top local facilities by the Building
Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
Based on building tours and an extensive review of operations,
Hamilton County received TOBY (The Office Building of the Year) awards the
past two years.
Linne, who will begin work with Hamilton County on January 29, is
replacing Jack Middendorf, who is retiring from full-time employment with
Hamilton County after 5 years of service.
Mr. Linne was selected after a national search that generated
nearly 90 applicants. Mr.
Linne has undergraduate degrees from the University of Cincinnati in
Architecture and Construction Management as well as a Masters in Business
Administration from Lake Erie College.
Mr. Linne’s current position with Cuyahoga County includes the
management of 55 County-owned facilities as well as oversight of the
County’s building program. Prior
to his work with Cuyahoga County, Mr. Linne worked for 12 years with
Centerior Energy where we served as a facility manager and cost engineer
and 12 years with Kaiser Engineers in various construction management
Linne will be relocating to Hamilton County.
He is married and has two grown children.
|First Clerical Support Staff
Retreat to be held
|The first annual Clerical Support Staff Retreat
is scheduled for Friday, January 12, 2001, 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at
the Winton Woods Centre Auditorium. With
an agenda very similar to that of the Commissioners’ Planning Session
for Hamilton County’s top managers, clerical staff will discuss the
County’s budget and strategic goals as well as ways to enhance
communication throughout the organization.
An afternoon session will be facilitated by Dr. George Manning
entitled “Stress, Change, & The Pursuit of Balance.” Forty-five participants are registered, representing 30
County departments. For more
information contact Sharon Booker at 946-4428.
The next edition of Hello, Hamilton County will feature a write-up
about the retreat.
Pretrial Services receives Department of Justice Grant
|This grant will provide funding for the Criminal
Justices Assessment Services. This
includes final implementation of the automated Defendant/Offender
Profiling System. Also funds
will be dedicated to two projects relating to Drug Courts.
The first project will continue to provide outpatient treatment
services as directed through the Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug
Addiction Services Board. The
second project will provide outpatient treatment and assessment services
to dually diagnosed women defendants and offenders (felony &
misdemeanor) as directed through the Central Clinic’s Community
Treatment and Diagnostic Center.
Happy New Year! Have a Great Week!
|Hello, Hamilton County is published twice each month. It is placed on both the County's internal and external Web pages. It is design to enlighten and inform both citizens and employees of Hamilton County. If you have questions or suggestions for future editions, contact Sharon Booker (946-4428) or Eric Stuckey (946-4432) in the County Administrator's Office or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.|