Year in review: Kettering top stories for 2022

Residents in Kettering saw a number of changes this year in both city and school district leadership.

They also dealt with crime issues involving thefts at post office mailboxes and in school threats, both issues leading to criminal charges.

Meanwhile, workers at one of the city’s largest employers got layoff notices and Kettering approved more than $4 million in COVID-related federal relief for suburban renters to avoid eviction.

Here is a recap of just some of the important Kettering stories that broke this year:

Credit: FILE

Credit: FILE

Kettering U.S. Postal Service mailboxes were hit by multiple thefts this year as the Dayton region — and the country — witnessed a rise stolen checks and other valuables. More than a dozen suspects have been charged in the Kettering cases, the latest of which was in recent weeks.

MORE: Five charged in December post office thefts

Credit: Rich Pedroncelli

Credit: Rich Pedroncelli

Kettering approved more than $4.3 million in federal emergency rental assistance funds to help south suburban residents avoid eviction. The city in October also sought $750,000 more from Montgomery County for a program to keep renters impacted by COVID in the city — as well as Centerville, Moraine and Washington Twp. — in their homes.

MORE: Kettering COVID aid for suburban renters tops $4.3M

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

Longtime Kettering City Manager Mark Schwieterman announced early this year he would be stepping down after 34 years with the city, 16 in his current role. Schwieterman, 57, is being succeeded by Matt Greenson, who started with the city Dec. 12 after serving in that capacity in Worthington, a Columbus suburb.

MORE: Kettering names new city manager as Schwieterman ending 34-year tenure with city

Kettering police started using automated license plate readers in June, joining a growing number of cities in using the technology to help solve crimes. While critics say the devices pose privacy and civil liberty concerns as well as potential abuse, Kettering police said their use has led to nearly two dozen arrests and the recovery of at least 16 stolen vehicles.

MORE: Kettering, other cities say ALPRs effective in solving crimes as privacy concerns remain

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Credit: CONTRIBUTED

For the first time, a majority of women assumed Kettering’s City Council seats this year and Kettering City Schools hired a female superintendent. Mayor Peggy Lehner, Vice Mayor Jacque Fisher, and Councilwomen Jyl Hall and Lisa Duvall were all sworn in in January. In August, Wilmington Superintendent Mindy McCarty-Stewart succeeded Scott Inskeep as the school district’s top administrator.

MORE: Kettering council women majority historic for city

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Layoffs at one of Kettering’s largest employers started this year as Tenneco announced the first wave of job losses as part of the auto parts producer shutting down by the end of 2023. The closing of the Woodman Drive plant, which housed nearly 600s jobs before the layoffs, was announced in late 2021.

MORE: Tenneco gives workers layoff notice

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Kettering students were charged criminally in a year that saw gun threats at Fairmont High School and an elementary building. Two 17-year-old FHS students have been charged by Montgomery County’s juvenile division with misdemeanors since October. In February, a loaded gun was found in a 9-year-old’s locker at John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

MORE: Student charged after gun reported at Fairmont High School

Credit: Jeff Gilbert

Credit: Jeff Gilbert

NCR Country Club in August hosted the U.S. Women’s Senior Open, the first professional golf event held there since 2005. The tournament won by Jill McGill drew about 10,000 people and had an estimated economic impact of more than $1.2 million, officials said.

MORE: U.S. golf championship scores for Dayton area economy

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