April 26, 2021

Delaware County commissioners and officeholders at their State of the County event
Association News
CCAO to present human services training for new members on May 7
CCAO to host webinar on communications tips for county leaders
CCAO publishes CAB on humane society reform chemical capture authorized for dog wardens
Delaware County hosts annual State of the County event
CCAO to host ‘Stepping Up: Resources to Improve Lives…and save you money also’ webinar
Rachel got married

State News
Houses passes state operating budget bill – a huge victory for full indigent defense reimbursement
Meeting Announcement: Joint Committee on Force Accounts

Federal/NACo News
U.S. Treasury releases new guidance on certification process for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
April is National County Government Month
Save the date for 2021 NACo Annual Conference – July 9-12

Education and Grants
OBM plans webinars about American Rescue Plan Act
- Ohio History Connection to host Concepts in Records Management: Electronic Records webinar – May 25
DLZ to host Broadband Funding and Financing for Local Communities webinar - May 6
Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) classes available through June
Ohio EPA’s Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program Year 2022 Updates and Highlights webinar – May 13
State Capital Funding for County Jail Facilities – application now open

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is offering State Communities of Support Grant

County News
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Did You Know? - Morgan County

Statehouse Report
Check out the Statehouse Report for the CCAO Policy Team's updates about legislative activity affecting Ohio's counties. 

Job Postings
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Dates to Remember
CCAO to present human services training for new members on May 7

CCAO will host its next training session for newly elected county commissioners and council members on human service programs on May 7 at 1 p.m.

Ohio has delegated responsibility for the administration of many critical human service programs to counties. Whether it is the protection of vulnerable populations, the establishment of child support, helping families with food assistance or helping find a path to employment or re-employment, counties are on the front lines and touch the lives of many citizens with these programs. Each program and funding stream comes with distinct regulations, acronyms and community impacts that will be important to understand.

Angela Sausser, executive director, Public Children Services Association of Ohio
Joel Potts, executive director, Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association
Amy Roehrenbeck, executive director, Ohio CSEA Directors’ Association

To register for this training, click here.

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CCAO to host webinar on communications tips for county leaders

Join CCAO for the “Communication Cues for Commissioners (aka Never Get Mis-Quoted Again)” webinar on May 21 at 1 p.m. The webinar will share 10 communication tips and tricks to help commissioners, executives and council members through their next interview, difficult public hearing, or social media attack, using the experience and perspective of a fellow commissioner. 

PRESENTER: Melanie Flax Wilt, Clark County Commissioner
Melanie Flax Wilt is PR professional and owner of Shift•ology Communication when she's not acting as president of the Clark County Commission. She has been the press secretary for the state Director of Agriculture, counseled dozens of businesses and executives on reputation management, and trained hundreds of leaders for their time in the spotlight. In addition, she has done a few interviews of her own over the last 25 years in her various roles.

In her role at Shift•ology Communication, she creates strategies for clients that enhance visibility among key stakeholders and takes pride in leading a company that has grown from a small in-home business to an award-winning agency that specializes in taking a unique approach to each individual client’s needs. 

Click here to register for this timely educational opportunity. If you are unable to register to the link above, please email Nedra Benson,, CCAO administrative professional, and provide her with your email address.

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CCAO publishes CAB on humane society reform chemical capture authorized for dog wardens

CCAO recently published a new County Advisory Bulletin (CAB) on the Humane Society Reform Chemical Capture Authorized for Dog Wardens. The CAB details changes to the humane society law. Click here to read the CAB.

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Delaware County hosts annual State of the County event

Delaware County’s Commissioners last week hosted their first in-person social gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The 2021 State of the County was a socially distanced event held at the Columbus Zoo’s Africa Event Center. 

“Traditionally, we have held our State of the County event at the end of February,” said Commissioner Gary Merrell, president of this year’s board. “But we hoped that by delaying a couple of months, we would be able to safely gather in-person again and we are very happy that we could, thanks to the excellent protocols in place at the Zoo.”
The event, which brought together a variety of community and business leaders, featured presentations by Merrell and his fellow Commissioners, Barb Lewis and Jeff Benton. Together, they highlighted the board’s accomplishments in 2020, which included the distribution of nearly $3.1 million to date in direct grants to residents, businesses and community organizations. 

Also spotlighted by Lewis were achievements by the Pre-Hospital Care System Board, which has assembled first-responder agencies throughout the county, and the creation of the county’s first Public Defender’s Office. Benton updated attendees on the facilities projects that the county is undertaking, including the consolidation of its locations to create more efficient functional centers for administrative, judicial, executive, development and public safety needs. Benton also introduced a “guided tour” video of the newly renovated Historic Courthouse. 

“Because of COVID-19 challenges, we haven’t been able to host an open house for the public, as we did when we opened the new Courthouse in 2017,” said Delaware County Administrator Michael Frommer. “But, with this video, we want to share the results of this historic preservation project.”

The videos and the Commissioners’ PowerPoint presentations from the State of the County event can be viewed at:  

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CCAO to host ‘Stepping Up: Resources to Improve Lives…and save you money also’ webinar

Join CCAO for a webinar on "Stepping Up: Resources to Improve Lives…and save you money also" on May 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Approximately 2 million times each year, people who have serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails across the nation. Almost three-quarters of these adults also have drug and alcohol use problems. Once incarcerated, individuals with mental illnesses tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of returning to incarceration than those without these illnesses.
This webinar will discuss the Stepping Up Initiative, a nationwide collaborative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails.  Presenters will discuss the implementation of Stepping Up programs in Ohio counties, and describe how counties are setting goals and measuring their progress toward reducing costs and improving post-release outcomes for individuals with mental illness. 

Click here to register for this educational opportunity. If you are unable to register with the link, please email Nedra Benson,, CCAO administrative professional, and provide her with your email address.

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Rachel got married

The Brits may have had Harry and Meghan, but CCAO has Rachel and David. CCAO Policy Analyst Rachel Massoud officially became Rachel Massoud Reedy after finally having her COVID-delayed wedding to Senate staffer David Reedy.

The couple, who met working in the Ohio Senate, were married at the Monastery Event Center in Cincinnati on April 18.

For anyone who would like to contact Ms. Massoud Reedy, please note her email has changed to

Best wishes to the happy couple.

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Houses passes state operating budget bill – a huge victory for full indigent defense reimbursement

The state operating budget process took a big step forward last week with the Ohio House voting to approve the legislation by a final vote of 70-27. The CCAO policy team and CCAO members have advocated for weeks on numerous county policy priorities, and the results of those efforts played out in the final document approved by the House. You can read CCAO’s press release following House passage of the operating budget here.

Prior to final passage on Wednesday, the budget bill picked up a large omnibus amendment containing dozens of additional changes. Several of these changes with a county-related impact include the following:

  • An additional $300,000 in SFY ’22 and $400,000 in SFY ’23 for the State Public Defender office operations
  • The ability of counties to access up to an additional 0.5 percent sales tax authority to fund county jail operations
  • $15 million for an Attorney General pilot program to fund peace officer training
  • An extension of virtual meetings ability for public bodies through 2021
  • Further changes to the composition of ADAMHS boards and certain city board of health consolidations

A listing of all the changes included in the House omnibus amendment can be accessed here.
The House omnibus amendment changes are in addition to the policy and appropriations changes included in the House substitute bill released the previous week. As you will recall, the House included the necessary funds for a projected 100 percent reimbursement rate for indigent defense. These appropriations remain in the House-passed version of the budget bill.

If you have not already, please take a moment to thank your state representative(s) for their strong support of county government in the operating budget. CCAO had many supporters throughout the House, and it is critical that we thank them for their help in passing historic legislation to fully fund indigent defense reimbursement.

Looking forward, the Ohio Senate continues its hearings on the budget bill, and CCAO will continue its advocacy with Senate members on county priorities. Please take a moment to contact your state senator(s) and ask them to maintain the funds in the House-passed budget for indigent defense reimbursement.

The CCAO policy team sincerely thanks all our members for their advocacy efforts thus far. Your efforts are creating real results in the General Assembly, and we look forward to keeping the momentum going forward.

Any questions about provisions contained in the House-passed budget bill can be directed to any member of the CCAO policy team.

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Meeting Announcement: Joint Committee on Force Accounts

The Joint Committee on Force Accounts, which will convene on April 29 at 1 p.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.

The committee shall study, take testimony regarding, and discuss the issue of force ac-counts as applied to local political subdivisions.

Testimony shall be submitted as a .pdf or .docx file along with a completed witness to the Co-Chair’s offices no later than 24 hours prior to the committee meetingWhile every effort will be made to include late-arriving testimony, please note that time constraints may require these submissions to be included at a later date.
In your email to and, please indicate whether your testimony will be delivered in-person or submitted as written-only. If appearing before the committee in-person, please be respectful of the member’s time and limit your verbal testimony to 3-5 minutes to allow for questions and discussion.

Click here for the complete notice and here for witness information form.


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U.S. Treasury releases new guidance on certification process for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

The U.S. Treasury last week released guidance on immediate steps counties and other local governments need to do to receive direct payments under the Coronavirus State and Local Funds authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. 

These instructions can be found on the Treasury website here and will be updated periodically as additional guidance is released:

The steps counties need to take are:
  1. Ensure the county has a valid DUNS number. A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify an organization and is issued by Dun & Bradstreet. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to registering with the SAM database, which is outlined below. Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge. If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, please visit or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process. 
  2. Ensure the county has an active SAM registration. SAM is the official government-wide database to register with in order to do business with the U.S. government. All federal financial assistance recipients must register on and renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status to be eligible to receive federal financial assistance. There is no charge to register or maintain your entity SAM registration.  If a county does not have an active SAM registration, please visit, to begin the registration or renewal process. Please note that SAM registration can take up to three weeks; delay in registering in SAM could impact timely payment of funds.  Click here for a quick overview for SAM registration
  3. Gather the entity’s payment information, including:
  • Entity Identification Number (EIN), name and contact information 
  • Name and title of an authorized representative of the entity 
  • Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information) 
CCAO will provide additional information from NACo and the U.S. Treasury as it becomes available. 

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April is National County Government Month

National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the various services provided to the community.

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of county government. Counties are on the front lines protecting our communities from coronavirus and other illnesses that have the potential to become a pandemic. Counties support over 900 hospitals and operate over 1,900 public health departments, which are the ground troops in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. Local health departments are working to protect public health by communicating with transportation officials, educating health care providers and communicating to the public best practices to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

Click here to take a look at NACo's resources to help promote counties.

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Save the date for 2021 NACo Annual Conference – July 9-12

Save the date for the 2021 NACo Annual Conference on July 9-12 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Resort and Convention Center in Prince George’s County, Md. – located immediately outside Washington, D.C. Participants will be able to choose either an in-person or virtual conference experience.

Tentative Conference Agenda and Timeline – subject to change based on convention center availability, space limitations and the status of the COVID-19 public health pandemic: 
  • Thursday, July 8: Pre-conference events including CIO Forum (Tech Xchange) 
  • Friday, July 9: Policy committees, standing and ad hoc committees, and caucus meetings 
  • Saturday, July 10: Policy committees, caucuses, governance committees and the Board 
  • Sunday, July 11: Educational workshops and NACo Board / Resolutions Committee 
  • Monday, July 12: Annual Business Meeting, regional caucuses and educational workshops 
NACo asking for your help in their planning efforts by taking a short survey.

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OBM plans webinars about American Rescue Plan Act

The Office of Budget and Management (OBM) invites you to attend the first in a series of webinars to provide local governments with updates about the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The first in the series is scheduled for April 29 at 1:30 p.m.

The first webinar will discuss steps that local governments can take to prepare ahead of the U.S. Treasury guidance and in advance of the distribution of funds.l discuss steps that local governments can take to prepare ahead of the U.S. Treasury guidance and in advance of the distribution of funds. They will also review information regarding spending down, reporting, and monitoring of Coronavirus Relief Funds, local government eligibility for the Public Assistance program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the local government provisions in the Governor’s Executive Budget. Register for this event at Local Government Update (4/29/2021, 1:30pm-2:30pm) - Registration (

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Ohio History Connection to host Concepts in Records Management: Electronic Records webinar – May 25

Join the Ohio History Connection for a webinar on Concepts in Management: Election Records on May 25 at 2 p.m. The cost is $20.

Business is increasingly being conducted in electronic formats, but managing those records can be a challenge. Electronic records need to be properly managed under the Ohio Public Records Law just like their paper counterparts. In this webinar we address questions like: Where should you be storing your electronic records? When is it okay to scan records? Are you able to quickly and efficiently retrieve your electronic records in the event of a public records request? 

Key concepts will include:
  • Pertinent Definitions and Ohio Revised Code  
  • Scheduling and formats
  • Email management
  • Storage
  • Filing electronic record
  •  E-Discovery concerns
  • Social media and websites as public records
This webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to the email used to register. Presenter: Amanda Rindler, Local Government Records Archivist

Register here.

Learn more about the event here.

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DLZ to host Broadband Funding and Financing for Local Communities webinar - May 6

Join DLZ for a webinar on broadband funding and financing on May 6 at 12 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted more than ever the need for, and in many locations persisting lack of, broadband access and digital inclusion to support remote work, telehealth, distance learning, e-government, entertainment, and more.

DLZ has partnered with Ice Miller LLP to host an informative webinar regarding funding and financing tools/ programs available to local communities to fund broadband infrastructure.
This webinar will educate and equip community leaders with resources and ideas to funding this vital infrastructure. The webinar will include information regarding traditional financing, federal grant/ local programs, and resources in the recent American Rescue Plan Act package. You will learn:
  • Basic knowledge about broadband financing and funding programs;
  • An overview of which entities qualify for what programs;
  • Items to consider when applying for such programs; and
  • Additional resources to monitor.
Click here to register.

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Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) classes available through June

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is inviting you to take advantage of Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) season before it ends in June.

For more than 50 years, public and nonprofit professionals have relied on MAPS to become better leaders. Each one-day course is designed to help you adapt to change, prepare you for the next step in your career and nurture your passion for public service.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs provides professional training in leadership, personal development, diversity equity and inclusion, program management, and more. The one-day, on-line, facilitator-led, skill-based training courses are specifically designed for public and nonprofit employees at all career levels – anyone can register.

Featured Upcoming Courses:
  • J.O.Y. in the Workplace: Inspiring Teams through Inclusion (April 29): Discover how to create a work environment that is judgement free, has accountability, and encourages individuals to push past personal circumstances and embrace a team that is diverse and inclusive.
  • Charge Up Your Motivation (May 20): Learn about core motivations, how they drive behavior, and how to create a pathway for personal growth using the Enneagram, a tool that goes much deeper than normal personality systems.
  • Setting and Achieving Performance Goals (June 8): Learn practical steps to define measurement, set goals, engage employees in the process, and help employees improve team performance.
You can view the full schedule online.

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Ohio EPA’s Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program Year 2022 Updates and Highlights webinar – May 13

The Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) uses interest monies from Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) loan sponsor projects to fund preservation and restoration of aquatic habitat. Since 2000, more than $222 million has been awarded for 170 projects to protect and preserve some of Ohio’s highest water quality resources. In 2020, Ohio EPA approved 12 projects for $16,006,254 in WRRSP funding.

Join the Ohio EPA on May 13 at 10 a.m. to get the scoop on what’s new, updates, and highlights for program year 2022 (2022-2023 two-year WRRSP cycle), including: the program’s annual call for project nominations; pre-nominations; project management plans; readiness-to-proceed criteria; and funding sources.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) will also be available for the webinar. Register here.

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State Capital Funding for County Jail Facilities – application now open

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction – Bureau of Adult Detention has released the application for $50 million in state capital funding for county jail facilities. This funding was included as part of Senate Bill 310, enacted late last year. The application can be accessed here

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2021.

Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for funding, the project must be for a county jail (including regional jails) and it must be consistent with the Allowable Capital Expenditure Guidelines (

Question regarding the application process can be addressed to the following:
John F. Adams, Administrator
Bureau of Adult Detention
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
4545 Fisher Rd., Suite D
Columbus, Ohio 43228

CCAO strongly encourages all members to apply for these funds to address their capital jail needs and to demonstrate the widespread need for further funding for jail construction, renovation and repair.

Further questions can be directed to CCAO Assistant Director John Leutz

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Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is offering State Communities of Support Grant

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is offering this Communities of Support grant opportunity in coordination with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Family and Children First Council (OFCF) to continue supporting existing and new local community planning and coordinated service delivery efforts.

The following priorities are critical to ensure the necessary collaborative cross-system work can best meet the needs of children and families: (1) Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) plans of safe care; (2) Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) level of care assessments; and (3) Community-based aftercare planning for children discharged from residential treatment settings. The grants will allow communities to assess the local needs for these priorities, establish best practices, and prepare for any necessary budget considerations for implementation and/or sustainability. This critical work at a community level will also inform planning and next steps for state policy and practice. Communities of support are essential to strengthen the lives of children and families, in partnership with their existing networks and in consideration of their diverse racial, cultural, and economic identities.

If your organization is interested in submitting a response for this important project, please obtain the RFGA through the State Procurement website at: If you experience any problems accessing this document or opening the above referenced URL, please contact the Office of Contracts and Acquisitions at or mainline at (614) 728-5693.

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County News

Supreme Court takes case over voting machines purchase
AP News, April 21, 2021
A dispute over the purchase of voting machines tied to unfounded allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election has reached the Ohio Supreme Court.

At issue before the high court is a feud over the purchase of Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems machines between the bipartisan elections board in Stark County and that northeastern county’s GOP-dominated board of commissioners.

Dominion machines became a flashpoint during the election because of unfounded allegations that the company changed votes through algorithms in its voting machines that had been created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late dictator Hugo Chavez.

Commissioners discuss county insurance, airport
The Daily Advocate, April 20, 2021
The Darke County Board of Commissioners met Monday afternoon to renew a joint self-insurance pool and discuss the Darke County Airport. Commissioners Matt Aultman and Mike Stegall were present. Commissioner Larry Holmes was absent.

The board approved a 2021 Participation Agreement between County Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA) and Darke County Board of Commissioners. The purpose of CORSA is to prevent and reduce losses, and injuries to members and to member property, this includes members’ officers or employees. Darke County was one of the original nine counties in the state to form the agreement, with around 50 counties in Ohio now belonging to CORSA.

The commissioners said the agreement is a big help. They added that after two multi-million-dollar fires at the Darke County fairgrounds, their CORSA rates barely changed.

Ohio Dept. of Health to begin posting county-level COVID positivity data Monday, April 23. 2021
Beginning Monday, April 26, the Ohio Department of Health will add a visual dashboard showing positivity rates for COVID-19 PCR tests for each county in Ohio.

“Having county-level positivity data will present a picture that is both more accurate and more granular," said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, ODH chief medical officer. "Although COVID-19 test positivity data is a very valuable factor that can help determine a community's risk level for the spread of COVID-19, it really should, of course, be considered in concert with a variety of other factors in the community

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Did You Know? - Morgan County

The county was created in 1817 and later organized in 1819. It is named for Daniel Morgan, an officer in the American Revolutionary War.

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Dates to Remember

APRIL 29 - APRIL 30, 2021 

MAY 7, 2021                          

MAY 12, 2021                        

MAY 21, 2021                        


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