With the presidential anthem “Hail to the Chief” playing in the background, Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers accepted the nomination as president of the board of commissioners on Monday.
Fellow commissioner Don Dixon recorded the traditional presidential tune on his iPhone and played it as a joke after he “enthusiastically” seconded Commissioner Cindy Carpenter’s motion to appoint Rogers. Former board president Carpenter, who was appointed vice president of the board, handed over her gavel and informed Rogers jokingly she suspects he’ll be pounding it often.
As president, Rogers will preside over the weekly commission meetings among other responsibilities. Rogers thanked his fellow commissioners for showing him the ropes, so to speak, since he took office a year ago. He said while they haven’t always been in total agreement on all the issues, they have made good decisions for the county’s constituents.
“Even though we had many 3-to-0 votes in agreement, there have been several hot discussions in executive session or through our county administrator,” he said. “But, hey, it all worked and we ended up with some great decisions and the county is better for it.”
He revisited five goals he laid out at the beginning of 2013 and said there are examples the county has reached those intentions. He said one of his goals was to reach “the right size government.” Creating county-wide human resources and information technology departments was one step in that direction, he said.
He also wanted to create “synergies of services” with cities and townships. He said that was realized in a number of ways, such as the sheriff’s office taking over Hamilton’s 911 dispatching and the county engineer’s bulk purchasing with the townships, to name a few.
Rogers also commended Administrator Charlie Young and the commission staff and department heads, for keeping the county running smoothly.
“We made the combination of veterans and new, highly qualified individuals to create a new culture to mange the county operation to higher levels of performance, but with accountability and transparency,” he said.