Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini has been returned to the office he has held for the last 20 years, but not without a fight from his challenger New Boston Police Captain Steve Goins.
The returns were slow Tuesday night and at press time, only 43 of the 77 precincts had been tabulated, and the race for Scioto County Sheriff was too close to call. But by 10:45 the final numbers were in and Donini had totaled 15,376 votes to Goins’ 14,088.
Donini graduated from Notre Dame High School, received an associates degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and followed that with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Ohio University, where he graduated with honors – Summa Cum Laude. That education has continued over the last 38 years, all spent in law enforcement.
“Thirty five of those years have been with the sheriff’s office, the past 20 years as sheriff,” Donini said. “I’ve got two years of experience with the Portsmouth City Solicitor’s Office, and one year’s experience with the Portsmouth Municipal Court serving as a court bailiff with the judge.”
Donini made two upgrades to the office this past year, adding a full body scanner, making it mandatory that all inmates be X-rayed for contraband, and completely revamping the county’s 911 system. The total cost for the body scanner was $211,998.95.
“It was paid in full when we purchased it,” Donini said. “It was paid through funds that were generated through the inmates telephone system and their commissary account.”
Donini said the 911 system was $505,720. The Scioto County Commissioners will finance $400,000 and Donini will finance the rest – $105,720. He expects to have everyone trained and the 911 system up and running in December.
He is best known for working with the commissioners to build the current Scioto County Jail facilities.
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