The start of a new year can mean a lot to a number of people, a new beginning or a fresh start. For those that won reelection in November, it means to beginning of a new term of office.
Recently, Scioto County Coroner Dr. Darren Adams, Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree and State Representative Dr. Terry Johnson took an oath of office.
On Tuesday, State Representative Dr. Terry Johnson took his last oath of office. As state representative, Johnson will be term limited with the completion of this term. He will have served the people of the 90th district for eight years. Johnson shared his thoughts to his supporters over Facebook.
“First, let me say that it has been a deep and humbling honor to have served six years in this capacity. Second, I will say that I am looking forward to the final two years of my House (of Representatives) career. My office will continue to provide excellent constituent service to the people of our 90th District, and I will do all that I can to continue to execute the duties of my office in the most professional and honorable way that I can,” Johnson said to supporters on Facebook.
Typically when a member of the Ohio House of Representatives is sworn into office there is a small ceremony on the house floor for family, friends and supports to watch the festivities.This oath is ceremoniously before an official oath is given on the house floor.
Johnson has chosen not to have a ceremony around his taking of the oath.
“This year, Jennifer (Johnson) and I have decided to forego this ‘ceremonial ceremony’ to allow more time on the floor for newcomers. We will not be doing our usual ceremony before the ceremony,” Johnson said to supporters on Facebook. “To all who have come to show your support in the past—thank you! I love you all and could not have done what I have without your loyalty and your loving support. Two more years. By the grace of God and with your continued support, I will do my best to make these final two years as productive for the citizens of Ohio as I possibly can.”
The oath for Scioto County Coroner Dr. Darren Adams was administered by Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn in the lobby of the Scioto County Courthouse.
Adams said he plans to keep business as usual for the office of coroner.
“We will continue to do the best we can for the people of Scioto County. We’re going to continue to see what we can do to decrease drug problems, the way I can do that is by keeping good numbers on drug overdoses. This way we can help identify where the problem areas are,” Adams said.
Each year Adams and his staff keep stats on the amount of drug overdoses in Scioto County. The numbers are used by various officials to identify problem areas and develop plans to address them.
Adams said it’s still too early to know the amount of drug overdoses in Scioto County during 2016, he said those numbers are typically available in April.
Recently Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree was given the oath of office by Scioto County Judge Howard Harcha.
Crabtree said there are a number of issues facing the office of Scioto County Commissioners, the issues include possible budget cuts in sales tax, various infrastructure needs throughout the county and various other issues that will need to be addressed.
“It’s just like anything else, it’s going to be a challenge. We are looking the possible changes to sales tax revenue coming from Columbus,” Crabtree said. “We’ve already heard they are possibly going to cut 50 percent of Indigent Defense Reimbursements, I assume that’s going to fill in some of the holes in the state budget.”
Crabtree anticipates Scioto County to be financially strong over the next few years, because of past experiences and lessons learned while the county was placed on fiscal emergency status by the auditor of state.
Crabtree said the county has seen and anticipates additional revenue flowing through the county because of the construction of the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway. The county experiences an increased sales tax revenue, that’s assumed to be from work on the new highway.
“We’re going to need to tighten our belts in anticipation of the sales tax issue,” Crabtree said. “We’ve worked hard to get where we are and want to stay there. I think we can do that as long as we’re cautious with the way we take care of our revenue.”
As 90th District Representative Johnson represents Scioto, Adams and a portion of Lawrence Counties. For more information about the 90th District visit, www.ohiohouse.gov/terry-johnson.
For more information about the office and responsibilities of the office of Scioto County Commissioners visit, sciotocountydirectory.net/scodc/commissioners.html.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter