Administrator Ron Hess
Photo: Nick Blizzard
Photo: Nick Blizzard

Miami Twp. names new administrator, police chief

Miami Twp. Police Chief Ron Hess has been named township administrator after stepping down as police chief during Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, which was followed by the swearing in of the new police chief, Captain Charles Stiegelmeyer. 

“Ron has done an exemplary job managing both the police department and township administrator,” Trustee President Doug Barry said. “Trustees Morris, Culp and I know that he’s been juggling a lot and it’s time to allow him to focus solely on managing township needs that lead to quality service for our residents.”

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Hess says he looks forward to his new position.

While it’s been my honor to serve as police chief, I look forward to working with the administrative staff full-time to move the township forward. We’re working on a lot of project right now, so it is an exciting time for us,” he said.

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Chief Stiegelmeyer came to the township as the professional standards captain in 2018. He was chief of police for the city of Powell, Ohio and a special agent supervisor for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

“I look forward to continuing and advancing the professional standards within the department that Administrator Hess cultivated through his years of service,” he said.

FIRST REPORT:

Miami Twp. trustees are set tonight to consider a resolution to name the police chief the full-time administrator.

Police Chief Ron Hess has been serving as acting administrator for more than a year. He was appointed to that role when Administrator Greg Rogers in late 2017 went on an extended military leave, according to the township.

The township is set to consider a resolution to appoint an administrator, according to the trustees’ agenda. Board of Trustees President Doug Barry said the idea of naming Hess full time to the administrator job came after it was learned Rogers’ military leave would be further extended.

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Hess has been police chief in the township since 2013 after serving as a captain with the Miamisburg Police Department.

Township officials widely credit Hess with helping restore the police department’s image - including it earning national accreditation - following a period of turmoil earlier this decade.

Trustees are also scheduled to consider a resolution to hire a police chief to replace Hess. This news organization has requested township documents regarding both proposals.

Trustees are scheduled to meet tonight in the township administration building, 2700 Lyons Road.

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