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Greg Hartmann currently serves as the Vice President of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and began his second term on the Board in January 2013. Since he began serving on the Board in January 2009, Commissioner Hartmann has focused on cost savings and efficiency in County government, economic development and public safety.
Since 2009, Commissioner Hartmann has voted to cut $40 million from the Hamilton County budget. Despite these reductions, Commissioner Hartmann has continued to lead investments in public safety, including his 2010 budget plan which cut and reallocated nearly $1 million in additional funds to support public safety needs in the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.
In February 2011, Commissioner Hartmann released his two-year policy agenda for Hamilton County, entitled "Revitalizing Hamilton County's Future." Under his leadership as President in 2011 and 2012, the County has pursued several strategies to strengthen the regional environment for job creation and save County taxpayer dollars.
Key priorities of Commissioner Hartmann's policy agenda in the area of economic development include strengthening the role of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, creating a County Land Bank and increasing intermodal freight transportation capacity, by river, rail and road, to support and attract job creation and private sector investment in our community. Commissioner Hartmann is pursuing new shared service opportunities between the County, the City of Cincinnati and other municipalities to create efficiency, save tax payer dollars and eliminate duplicated services. In addition, Commissioner Hartmann intends to explore the privatization of some functions of the Facilities Department, the strategic sale of underutilized County property and the improvement of the commercial and residential permit process of the County Building Department.
To read Commissioner Hartmann's entire policy agenda, please click HERE.
In 2009, Commissioner Hartmann, together with the University of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Job & Family Services, created the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI), which pairs academic mentors with Hamilton County foster children in order to encourage them to pursue post-secondary education after graduation. HEMI has seen great successes, with 60 students currently in the program. So far, 100% of HEMI students have graduated high school and 80% are enrolled in a post-secondary institution. To learn more, please visit HERE.
In response to the increase of predatory fraud and scams occurring during the economic downturn, Commissioner Hartmann launched the Hamilton County Coalition to Fight Fraud, Scams and Abuse in January 2011. The thirty-member Coalition released a Comprehensive Community Plan and Web site to pro-actively educate citizens on the prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and scams in our community. Visit the Hamilton County Coalition to Fight Fraud, Scams and Abuse HERE.
Prior to serving as a County Commissioner, Greg Hartmann served nearly six years as the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. He earned a national reputation for modernizing the office and making it more accountable to taxpayers. As Clerk of Courts, Commissioner Hartmann cut $3 million from his budget through careful fiscal management. He was also featured in dozens of news accounts for his groundbreaking work in protecting Ohioans from identity theft.
Greg Hartmann began his legal career in Cincinnati in 1999, when he joined the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. As an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Greg prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases including many violent felonies. Prior to his service as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor, he was an attorney in private practice focused on litigation. Greg's early private sector experience includes time as a manager of west coast operations for Airline Distribution Services, Inc.
In addition to his career and public service, Commissioner Hartmann is also involved in the community. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Main Street Ventures, a non-profit business incubator promoting rapid growth enterprises in Over-the-Rhine. He has devoted much of his time to community causes such as the Catholic Inner City Schools Initiative, where he served as a Team Captain, and on the Cincinnati Community Action Now (C.A.N.) Commission. He is also a member of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Bar Association, the Hamilton County Farm Bureau, and the Cincinnati Navy League. Commissioner Hartmann was recognized as one of Cincinnati's top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 by the Business Courier.
Commissioner Hartmann is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. In 1997, he graduated with honors from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is married and lives in Hyde Park with his wife and five children.
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