Clinton County Auditor Terry Habermehl announced Tuesday that he has filed petitions with the Clinton County Board of Elections as a Republican candidate for county commissioner in 2016. Habermehl will seek the seat currently occupied by Mike Curry, who has said he will not seek reelection.
“Mike Curry takes with him a wealth of knowledge and experience at a time when the board of commissioners faces a number of challenges,” Habermehl stated in a press release. “The citizens of Clinton County need a commissioner willing to step up and make tough and timely decisions. I have made tough decisions throughout my career. They have not always been popular, but they have been the right decisions.”
“People know me to be a no-nonsense, straight-forward leader who offers an independent voice in the courthouse and puts the needs of the people first,” he said. “It gives me great satisfaction to know that the decisions I have made as auditor has been in the best interest of the people.”
“As the county’s fiscal officer, I have implemented changes to improve accountability, transparency, and efficiency in the auditor’s office and throughout the county,” Habermehl stated. “These changes include eliminating or modifying antiquated processes and procedures, utilizing technology to improve operations, and implementation of new financial and business management software that provides the public and elected officials and department heads with accurate, real-time budget and financial information.”
“I also entered into a partnership with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel to put Clinton County’s financial records on the Ohio Checkbook program. This nationally recognized program makes the financial records of participating governments easily accessible to the people. This partnership allows me to provide transparency to the public at no cost to the county,” Habermehl continued.
He added that he has “30 years of management and financial experience and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the county’s financial position and the way it operates. This knowledge and experience will be invaluable and makes me uniquely qualified to become Clinton County’s next commissioner.”
A U.S. Army veteran, Habermehl, 53, lives in Wilmington with his wife, Beth Waddell Habermehl. They have two children, Elizabeth and Patrick.