Departures, 2018 election may reshape county government

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

Montgomery County Board of Commission President Dan Foley announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. Commissioner Debbie Lieberman is shown left. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Montgomery County Board of Commission President Dan Foley announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. Commissioner Debbie Lieberman is shown left. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Two longtime elected officials announced in 2017 they would leave their Montgomery County posts, and another may depart if he wins election to the statehouse.

The decisions will shape county government, law enforcement and how the courts are administered in coming years.

Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley

Dan Foley, a Democrat, announced in October he would not run for re-election in 2018.

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In elected positions for 17 years, Foley said he will serve out his term that ends Dec.  31 and work on several projects, including helping close a projected $9 million budget hole due to expiration of the Medicaid managed care sales tax.

“I’m grateful personally and professionally for the trust that voters have placed in me, both as a commissioner and prior to that as clerk of courts,” Foley said. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done as a commissioner and with my colleagues in the county.”

Foley became a commissioner in January 2007. He was appointed clerk of courts in 2000 and later won election, serving until he became a commissioner.

As one of three Democrats on the commission, his decision to leave could give the Republican Party a chance to regain a seat for the first time in a decade. Foley narrowly won re-election his last two campaigns in 2010 and 2014.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer

Sheriff Phil Plummer announced he will be running for the 40th Ohio House seat now held by term-limited state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton, but plans to remain sheriff through the 2018 campaign.

But if he wins, the Montgomery County Republican Party Central Committee would select his successor to fill the sheriff’s term through 2020.

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Plummer has been sheriff since appointed to take over for former Sheriff Dave Vore, who retired in July 2008. He was elected that November and has served ever since.

He began his career as a corrections officer in the jail 30 years ago and rose through the ranks to become Vore’s chief deputy.

“I love my job. I have the best job in the world,” Plummer said. “(But) after 30 years, it can take a toll on you.”

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger introduced and endorsed Plummer during the announcement, saying the sheriff’s experience gives him valuable insight on the opioid crisis, one of the state’s biggest issues. But Plummer, who as sheriff runs the county jail, also faced multiple lawsuits over allegations of mistreatment of prisoners, some still pending.

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Greg Brush, former Montgomery County Clerk of Courts

Greg Brush, a Democrat, made his announcement that he would be leaving as clerk of courts the same day as Foley, whose job he assumed when Foley was sworn in as a county commissioner.

Brush retired after 34 years in public service positions in Montgomery County to become chief administrator for the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in Cincinnati.

He served as Butler Twp. fiscal officer for seven years and 20 years as a Vandalia police officer. He also taught at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

MORE: Democrats name new Montgomery County clerk of courts

Brush made technological improvements to the clerk of courts online public records website, instituted e-filing of court documents, added an RSS feature allowing people to electronically follow cases and revamped the clerk website.

“I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at the clerk’s office. I value that citizens put me back here three times,” said Brush, 54. “It’s been a great experience. It’s a great staff. It’s a great community to work in.”

County Democrats selected Russ Joseph to fill Brush’s term through 2020.

Crews continue to battle fire at wood production company in Camden

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

SCENE: Fire destroys barn in Preble County

UPDATE @ 5:55 a.m: Fire crews are still on scene of a barn fire that occurred at Precision Wood Products in Camden Monday morning.

The fire was reported around 3:50 a.m. in the 2400 block of Aukerman Creek Road as fully involved, prompting multiple area fire departments to respond.

No word on what caused the fire or what damage estimates will be, but the barn appears to be a total loss as crews are tearing it down. 

Officials continue to investigate the incident. 


There is a reported structure fire in the 2400 block of Aukerman Creek Road that occurred early Monday morning, per initial reports. 

RELATED: Damages still being assessed at AK Steel fire in Middletown

The incident was reported as a barn fire around 3:50 a.m. and multiple mutual aid has been requested.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story as additional details become available. 

Power restored, Ohio 571 closed after corn silo collapse in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:46 AM

SCENE: Explosion reported at New Carlisle grain bin

UPDATE @ 4:55 a.m: Power is steadily being restored in Clark County with only a reported 15 customers experiencing an outage.

Power was cut off as a safety measure after a corn silo collapsed Sunday night prompting crews to investigate the building. 

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m: Over 300 customers are without power in Clark County after a corn silo collapse caused crews to cut the power in order to investigate the incident.

The collapse occurred late Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain around 11:40 p.m. 

Crews will be working all night into tomorrow and there’s no word on how long the outage will have customers without power. 

We will monitor the DP&L outage map and continue to update the story.


Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) will be closed while officials continue to investigate what caused a non-injury silo collapse Sunday night.

RELATED: Damages still being assessed at AK Steel fire in Middletown

Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.

“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department. 

Officials do not believe anyone is trapped as a result of the collapse, as the company said no employees were on site at the time but will further investigate the building to confirm.

The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.

RELATED: Two coal trail cars carrying  200,000 pounds of raw steel derails in Clark County

Crews will be on scene all night until midday tomorrow while they continue their investigation.

An Ohio Fire Marshal has also been called to the scene and will assist with the investigation tomorrow.

Drivers are encouraged to use Scarf Road as the detour while Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) is blocked off.

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Fog for morning commute, rain showers to move in during afternoon

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

A cold front will bring rain showers today, tomorrow we could see some snow showers.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Rain showers and gusty winds Monday
  • Chance for snow showers Tuesday
  • Dry time to end work week

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>>4 tricks to help avoid illness during big temperature changes


TODAY: Some passing, isolated rain showers will be possible this morning. We could also see some spotty fog as temperatures push into the upper 50s. A cold front will move in and rain will be widespread, arriving after lunch and lasting into the evening. Winds will pick up, gusting around 20 to 30 mph at times. Expect a few rain showers to linger into the night. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

TUESDAY: Some passing rain and snow showers will be possible during the day. It’ll be breezy and colder with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Road temperatures will be warm, so not much expected to stick, but wet snow will taper off Tuesday night.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Cold morning the 20s with partly cloudy skies. It’ll be a cool afternoon as highs peak in the mid-30s with a breeze.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Sunshine arrives through the day as temperatures are warmer than normal in the upper 30s. 

FRIDAY: A very nice end to the work week as highs push above normal into the upper 40s. We’ll see sunshine through the afternoon. 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:27 AM

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction.