Thursday, November 20, 2003

New police hire brings Loveland special skills

Suburban Insider

LOVELAND - When Loveland Police Chief Dennis Rees introduced his latest hire at this week's council meeting, he rattled off part-timer Julie Fiebig's credentials.

The St. Bernard High School grad holds degrees from Xavier University in criminal justice and forensic science.

But Rees noted that Fiebig's most recent job as an officer at University Hospital could prove a real asset for the city.

"She works in the emergency and psychiatric wards," Rees told council. "I guess when the moon is full we have our expertise built in."

Township trustee sets his sights higher

ANDERSON TWP. - The president of the Anderson Township Board of Trustees, Russ Jackson Jr., this week announced his candidacy for the Hamilton County Commission.

Though it has been predicted for months, Jackson made it official Monday at a political event in downtown Cincinnati that also drew Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

He says he is running to bring more representation on the commission from the county's townships. More than a third of all Hamilton County residents live in townships, he notes.

The townships are where most of the county's growth is, yet they haven't had much representation in recent years from commissioners who actually live in townships, he said.

He also wants to bring a more "business-like approach" to running the county.

Earlier this month, Jackson was re-elected to a third term.

If the Republican makes the primary, he says he would run next fall against Commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat.

Zoning board slot awaits Lang's input

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Trustees have delayed filling vacancies on the Board of Zoning Appeals until January, so that trustee-elect George Lang can participate in the decision.

The township originally had planned to interview applicants for the zoning appeals board the week of Dec. 1, a month before Lang takes office. Now interviews will be scheduled in early January.

In the Nov. 4 election, incumbent Trustee David Tacosik was defeated by Lang, one of five members on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Lang must step down from the zoning board, one of three vacancies the township must fill.

The township must appoint someone to the two years remaining on Lang's term; fill the expiring five-year term of board member Michael Duane, and find an alternate member who would attend all meetings and be prepared to vote in the absence of a board member.

Suburban Insider is compiled by reporter Jennifer Edwards with contributions this week from John Kiesewetter and Sheila McLaughlin.


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