Hello, goodbye


Park District Director Chris Clingman, center, shares a laugh with Jay Neiderhelman, left, and Alan Ausman while Deputy Director Tim Carr cuts Jay’s farewell cake.

Since the first of the year, the Clermont County Park District has hired several new employees ranging from naturalists and maintenance crew members, to administrators and support staff.

New to the team are Community Relations Manager Mark D. Motz, Naturalist Melissa Kichler, Deputy Director Tim Carr, Maintenance Crew Alan Ausman, Visitors Center Attendant Johanna Huddleston and Maintenance Crew Chad Evans.

“We are in the process of increasing our staff so we can better serve Clermont County and all of our guests in the region and beyond,” said Chris Clingman, Director. “This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve been able to add people at this rate.

“This is a direct result of the 2016 levy passing. The board identified opportunities for us to pursue and we are growing into the Park District we’d like to be for years to come. We’ve still got work to do, but we’re making good progress.”

Part of that progress included welcoming a new part-time payroll specialist – Katie Galvin – June 12. Ken Brown begins June 25 as the Park District’s Construction Manager.

Yet for every hello, there are some goodbyes.

Part-time maintenance crew member Jay Niederhelman moved into full-time role with Miami Township at the end of May. Chilo Lock 34 Visitors Center Site Manager Jim Setty stepped down June 8.

“Jay had a great combination of diligent work ethic and laid-back personality,” Motz said. “He was unflappable and affable and went out of his way to make sure our parks looked their best.

“Jim’s knowledge of the Ohio River in general and Chilo in particular meant his tours of the Visitors Center had at least one surprising nugget of information you hadn’t heard before. I’m grateful he’s going to stay involved as a volunteer.”

Both Jay and Jim had last-day-on-the-job cake receptions so co-workers could say thank you and wish them well.

But the beat goes on and the Park District is still hiring. If you’re interested in joining our team, please visit clermontparks.org and check our career opportunities under the “About Us” tab.

Site Manager Jim Setty, right, gives his final official tour of the Chilo Lock 34 Visitors Center June 8 to Clermont County Commissioner David Painter and three generations of his family.