Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Townships' leaders brought together


Decision-makers examine goals, duties

BY JENNY CALLISON
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — In fast-growing Liberty and Union townships, the one thing that's sometimes missing is a sense of community. A leadership program that is taking root here could change that.

        The program, SEBC Leadership 21, is sponsored by the Southeastern Butler County Chamber of Commerce.

        It aims to get decision-makers talking to each other about the goals and responsibilities of organizations that make the community tick, and improve the quality of leadership in the townships.

        On Tuesday, a group of about 12 SEBC Leadership 21 participants spent the day getting a close look at law-enforcement systems and policies in Butler County.

        Criminal justice is Leadership 21's focus for January, with other monthly sessions looking at such topics as education, regional issues, social services, health services and communications/new technologies.

        “It's a wonderful way to learn about the intricacies of how the county works,” said Sylvia Geisler, president and chief executive officer of the Butler County United Way.

        Nell Kilpatrick, Liberty Township administrator, called it “a marvelous way to cement Liberty and Union townships.”

        After an early breakfast, participants watched Union Township's canine unit go through its paces and then traveled to Hamilton where they sat in on a trial at the Butler County Courthouse.

        Tours of the Butler County Jail and the minimum-security Resolutions facility followed, with a chance to discuss what they saw with Sheriff Harold Don Gabbard and his staff.

        Officials compared the in mate “warehousing” at the overcrowded jail with the rehabilitative programs in place at Resolutions, where inmates may elect to prepare for high school equivalency exams and enroll in life skills classes.

        “We're giving inmates tools for helping them improve their lives and increase their choices,” said Jean Glowka, president of Resolutions.

        Leadership 21 participants also got a look at plans for the new Butler County Jail before hopping their bus for visits to the Lebanon Correctional Institution and Warren Correctional Institution.

       



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