Tuesday, October 26, 1999

Deerfield's biz whiz on the job


Hired to facilitate development

BY KEVIN ALDRIDGE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Dan Theno, Deerfield's new economic development and community relations director, looks at the township and sees possibilities everywhere.

        “The Cincinnati area is truly outstanding, and Deerfield is a prime example of the vitality of the region,” said Mr. Theno. “I am impressed with the quality of life in Deerfield and the dedication and progressive attitude of the local officials.”

        A former city mayor and state legislator in Wisconsin, Mr. Theno said he will work closely with local businesses and oversee economic development. Deerfield Township contains more than 500 businesses and experiences on average close to $100 million in new development each year.

        Mr. Theno, who will also handle all township communi cations and government and community relations, will become only the second economic specialist in the history of the township — Heidi Arnold was the first. His last position before joining the township was as a manager of government and community relations for an Illinois-based company.

        “Dan is really perfect for the job,” said Larry Backus, a township trustee. “He's not only a good speaker, but an excellent writer.

        “We felt we needed someone in that position who could represent the township really well,” he said. “He's got a great background and will really solidify our administrative team.”

        Mr. Theno, who began his duties on Monday, was select ed from a pool of about 40 candidates. He is projected to make $55,000 in his first year, trustees said.

        “Dan will certainly help to alleviate the tremendous amount of activities that (Township Administrator) Hazel (Dotson) has had to oversee,” said Mr. Backus. “He's very quick to pick up on issues and has a very positive approach to solving problems. He's also very sharp from a political point of view.”

        Mrs. Dotson added: “Initially it will be a lot of work just breaking in a new employ ee, but Dan's got such great qualifications that he's going to help out in so many different areas once he gets acclimated.”

        At the beginning of the year, township officials identified a need to fill two new administrative positions — a parks director and an economic development specialist.

        Trustees hired Anthony Lavatori of Loveland as parks director last month. Mr. Theno will now round out the township's administrative staff.

       



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