Batavia, Ohio – Claire Corcoran (middle in photo) on Jan. 11 was elected President of the Board of County Commissioners by commissioners Bonnie Batchler and David Painter, who was chosen as Vice President.
The board established Wednesdays as well as the second and fourth Mondays of the month (for the first six months) as their regular meeting days.
She brings 19 years of experience as a Pierce Township trustee, the past eight as president of the Clermont County Township Association.
Her background also includes a 14-year stint as the EMS Chief of the Pierce Township Volunteer Fire Department. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Clermont County Community Services and the Senior Service Housing Board. She is a member of the Clermont County Law Enforcement Appreciation Selection Committee and the Ohio Public Works Commission grant committee.
Batchler fills a position vacated after three-term Commissioner Ed Humphrey decided not to seek re-election.
Batchler said public safety remains a top priority. She cited her years in public safety and the fact that two of her daughter-in-laws are police officers.
Transportation and economic development also rank high on her priority list.
“You’ve got to have good roads to have good economic development,” she said. “I have been amazed at what the county has been able to do with economic development this past year, with Nestle Purina and other openings. Just look at what will happen when the pandemic is not around.”
In addition to her career in public services, Batchler possesses 43 years of experience working in private industry. After seven years at Cintas, she embarked on a 36-year career at Senco Products. She retired as a Senior Credit Analyst.
She grew up in the town of Bethel. In May, she celebrates 26 years of marriage to her husband Mike, owner of Batchler Heating Services. They have two children and seven grandchildren.