Commissioners in White House


Clinton County commissioners say their making contact with federal officials is a key benefit of their visit this week to the White House.

Ohio’s county commissioners were invited to a conference that the White House described as an effort to develop and promote relationships between the administration and influential leaders of local communities. All three Clinton County commissioners attended.

Clinton County Commissioner Patrick Haley said they were able to discuss with some federal officials the heroin epidemic and possible funding sources, as well as talking about economic development and other matters.

The presenters provided Ohio commissioners with their direct phone numbers, said Haley.

The event was an “intensive” eight-hour program, he added.

Clinton County Commissioners President Kerry R. Steed said, “Meeting with and discussing important local issues of job growth, opioid addiction, the upcoming farm bill, veterans services, and other intergovernmental affairs was our primary purpose for attending this conference, but representing Clinton County and developing a direct link with these agencies will pay dividends for our community.”

He stated, “As your commissioner I am actively seeking solutions to bring jobs to our community, assessing the effects and costs of opioid addiction in our community, helping our farmers continue to be the foundation of our community, and making sure our Veterans Services has the resources necessary to care for our honored military members. Having contacts in Washington gives me an added resource to service my community.”

And Clinton County Commissioner Brenda K. Woods said it was “a great opportunity to meet with federal agencies to discuss what issues they are currently working on which impact Clinton County.”

The event gave commissioners an opportunity to establish personal relationships and to have a person to contact when the need arises, said Woods.

“Having the opportunity to attend I feel was a positive step forward in building the relationship between federal and local governments,” she said.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

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Clinton County commissioners — from left, Kerry Steed, Brenda Woods and Pat Haley — were in Washington, D.C. this week as the Trump Administration invited Ohio’s county commissioners to meet and hear federal government officials.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_IMG_2011.jpgClinton County commissioners — from left, Kerry Steed, Brenda Woods and Pat Haley — were in Washington, D.C. this week as the Trump Administration invited Ohio’s county commissioners to meet and hear federal government officials. Courtesy photo

By Gary Huffenberger

ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com