Hamilton County Commission

Hamilton County homeowners will get some more money back next year. Commissioners approved the full funding of the property tax rebate (PTR) Monday morning.

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The interim Hamilton County Administrator can now take the interim out of his title. Commissioners voted Wednesday morning to appoint Jeff Aluotto to the position he's been serving in since April when Christian Sigman resigned.

Political types on both sides agree – the race for Hamilton County commissioner between Republican Dennis Joseph Deters and Democrat Denise Driehaus is the most fiercely contested and most costly race this year for any county office. And, if the polling that is said to be out there is correct, it may also be the closest contest, the one that keeps everyone up late on election night waiting for an outcome – quite possibly into the wee hours of the morning after. It pits two very familiar...

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There are two seats up for election on the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners .

Two of the three seats on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year; and at stake is the balance of power between the majority Republicans and the lone Democrat on the commission. The race between Democratic state representative Denise Driehaus, who is term-limited out of the legislature, and Republican Dennis Joseph Deters, a former Colerain Township trustee who was appointed commissioner when Greg Hartmann resigned in December, is the one that has drawn most...

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There are two seats up for election next month on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners .

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil is asking for a $7 million budget increase for 2017. He says the dollars are needed to cover union salary increases and back pay approved by county commissioners, begin a three-year radio replacement, and hire six corporals to help supervise new coverage areas.

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Four people will be interviewed soon for the position of Hamilton County Administrator, and three of them are from the area or have a local tie. County Commissioners have scheduled interviews with the candidates over the next two weeks.

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The Hamilton County administrator is leaving the position months earlier than expected.

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Update Friday 11:00 a.m.: Dennis Deters has been sworn into office. Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler administered the oath of office.

Colerain Township

Colerain Township Trustee Dennis Deters can use the middle name “Joseph” on the ballot when he runs for Hamilton County Commissioner this year, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ruled Wednesday. Husted broke a tie vote taken at the Dec. 21 meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Elections. At that meeting, the two Democrats on the board objected to the Republican Deters’ wish to use “Dennis Joseph Deters” as his ballot name, producing a raft of documents where he had used “Dennis Deters” or ...

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the possibility of a divisive Republican primary for Hamilton County commissioner, with two Cincinnati council members, Charlie Winburn and Christopher Smitherman, looking like they will get into the race.

Politics is a funny business. Two people can be pals and political allies, and then, after the next sunrise, became political rivals, eyeing each other warily and ready to slug it out before the voters if necessary. It happened this past week. The allies-turned-combatants: Two Cincinnati city council members, Republican Charlie Winburn and independent Christopher Smitherman, both of whom pulled petitions Tuesday to run in the March 15 GOP primary for Hamilton County Commissioner. And there...

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Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann’s sudden decision not to run for a third-term next year leaves the county Republican party scrambling for a replacement. The filing deadline for candidates in the March 15 primary is Dec. 16 – 23 days from now. “We have accomplished much in my time here, but it’s time for me to move on,’’ Hartmann said in a press release issued at midnight Monday. “Hamilton County is a better place than I found it upon entering public office in 2003. We have great...

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Hamilton County Commissioners took a routine action during their weekly staff meeting Monday. But the Board is upset at just how routine this particular action has become.

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