I am currently the President of the Reily Township Board of Trustees and the incumbent candidate. I serve as the Secretary of the OTARMA Board of Directors. I am an EMT of the Reily Fire Department. I am a past president of the Butler County Farm Bureau. I am also a past president of the Butler County Extension Support Committee, as well as the past president, vice president, and executive committee member of the Butler County Trustee and Fiscal Officer Association.
BS in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and I have studied post-graduate classes in Business Management at Miami University. I am a graduate of the Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy.
The biggest problem is to continue to supply superior services while keeping taxes low. Our board, Dennis Conrad, Tim Miller, Dianne Halcomb, and I are committed to keeping your taxes low. We are the board that voted to reduce our fire levy from 3.25 mills to 2.75 mills. Unlike other townships that run split safety levies in staggered years, we have one total levy for 2.75 mills. We are always transparent with our residents. We are the only township that doesn’t send you a bill when you call 911 for help, because of the dedication of our volunteer fire department. Reily Township does not have a $5 or $10 permissive license plate fee. The township takes delivery of our new fire pumper / tanker in February. Because we saved your taxpayer dollars until we could pay cash, it will be completely paid for at delivery, eliminating any future interest charges or encumbering tax dollars that would need to be collected. I will continue these proven, fiscally responsible practices in the future.
I am currently the President of the Reily Township Board of Trustees and the incumbent candidate. I am a graduate of the Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy. I am one of four Ohio Township officials serving on the Ohio Township Association Risk Management (OTARMA) Board of Directors, and I currently hold the position of Secretary of the Board. OTARMA is a governmental risk-sharing pool whose members consist solely of Ohio Townships. OTARMA has a net position in excess of thirty-one million dollars and holds a AAA rating. I serve as a proud member of the Reily Fire Department and have done so for over twenty-two years, and as a Lieutenant for eighteen years. I am a past president of the Butler County Farm Bureau and a Butler County Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture. I am also a past president of the Butler County Extension Support Committee, as well as the past president, vice president, and executive committee member of the Butler County Trustee and Fiscal Officer Association.
Reily is a rural community where farming is our number one industry. While I have been a trustee, 1,893 acres of farmland have been placed under the protection of the Three Valley Trust, assuring that this ground will not be developed in perpetuity. Other families have left farms to Butler County Metro Parks to preserve the land. In the future, our farmers should have carbon credits to sell that will be a boost to the local economy. I always encourage the residents of Reily to continue to keep their dollars here by spending it at our local businesses. Also, the improvements we are making to the Reily Community Center and ball fields will bring more visitors to Reily. Businesses such as Baker’s Hardware, Reily Pizza, Indian Creek Tavern, and our many home-based businesses are important to our local community and will benefit from this spending. Cincy Magazine recently rated the best fifty suburbs in the greater Cincinnati area and Reily Township was rated the third best.
Because of the board’s ability to network with the Coalition for a Healthy Community (McCullough-Hyde), we will be implementing about $140,000 in improvements at the Reily Community Center without using any local tax dollars. Major funders for this project include Interact for Health, the Cincinnati Reds Community Foundation, Butler Rural Electric, and the Oxford Community Foundation. The Butler County Commissioners have also provided a block grant. We will continue to work with the Coalition for a Healthy Community as they begin raising funds for improvements to the playground equipment in the community park. As we continue to make improvement to the community center, it will become the central hub for gatherings and activities for the entire family. In the last year, we have received over $75,000 in grants that we have used to improve fire services for the community. I will continue to apply for grants in order to improve the lives of the residents as well as saving them tax dollars.
I have lived in Reily Township for 47 years. My late wife Carol and I raised our four sons in Reily, and I continue to farm here. Carol and I were married for 51 years when she died. I have been blessed with 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. I am a volunteer EMT with the Reily Fire Department and have served the residents for over 20 years. I was recently recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years of National EMS Certification. I am a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford. I am an honorary member of the Reily High School Alumni Association. Carol and I were honored with the Ed Zorn Memorial Extension family award in recognition of dedication and outstanding service to Ohio State University Extension Butler County. I earned a BS in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and I have studied post-graduate classes in Business Management at Miami University.
I have worked for P&G across many countries in the logistics department. This has provided me with experience in unique problem solving. I was the lead point of contact for the re-design of the distribution/demand system within the company. I have a background in working with a diverse group of people and organizations to accomplish a common goal. I currently assist two local companies with accounting and budgeting. I am also a volunteer EMT-B for Reily Township Fire and Life.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wright State University
I feel that the communication and road repair equipment are the two biggest problems facing the community. I would like to use the recent implementation of the Reily Township web page (https://www.reilytownship.org/) to increase communication with the Township Residents. Unless you were in a meeting where a discussion or vote occurred, there is currently no communication to the Township Residents concerning projects that have been completed, agreed to, or even of changes voted on for the Township. I would like to move to change that starting with providing a file on the web page to post meeting minutes. The cost of accomplishing this task is time. The minutes are typed and should be able to be uploaded to the web page after completion. When road repair equipment stops functioning there is currently no back up to use. I would like to either upgrade the equipment or have a back up plan in place so that road work can be completed.
I have worked for P&G across many countries in the logistics department. This has provided me with experience in unique problem solving. I was the lead point of contact for the re-design of the distribution/demand system within the company. I have a background in working with a diverse group of people and organizations to accomplish a common goal. I currently assist two local companies with accounting and budgeting. I am also a volunteer EMT-B for Reily Township Fire and Life. With this role I am responsible for making important decisions quickly and accurately to provide the best care for a patient. I feel this quality has transferred to decisions needed to be made in all aspects of my life.
I would like to work with the current business owners in town to possibly expand. I would also like to encourage small business owners to open shops in the heart of the town. There are several places to park and enjoy the town. Having shops in town open gives the community another reason to come and enjoy Reily Township. The ball fields at the community center are being renovated. I would like to investigate the opportunity to invite youth clubs to play games at the fields which would increase the economy in the community.
I would work to make sure the residents were informed in more ways than is currently happening. Starting with meeting notes on the website and possibly budgeting in the future for a newsletter sent to residents of the Township. I intend to work toward finding grants that would pay for improvements in the community. I want to work with the members of the community to bring community events back into the Township. Events could include things like craft shows, open house with the Fire Department, sports activities, or other ideas to build the connectivity of the community.
I was born and raised in the south west region of Ohio. I am married with one biological son, a step-son, and a step-daughter. I enjoy the outdoors and camping as often as I can participate. I am a hard working and will dedicate myself to being Trustee in order to make the community a better place for all.