By Kristin Bednarski
Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud was sworn in for his seventh term as commissioner by State Representative Danny Bubp Dec. 19.
Proud ran unopposed in both the primary and general election this year, and he was elected Nov. 6.
Bubp said he was honored to be asked by proud to give him the oath of office.
“It’s an honor for me to be here and work with you the last eight years,” Bubp said.
Bubp said Proud has served the office well and has especially given much support to veterans and their families in the county.
“This guy has been more involved with military events than many military people,” Bubp said.
Bubp said Proud has worked hard for not only military individuals but also their families.
He said he is glad Proud decided to run for office again.
“I have such respect and admiration for this man,” Bubp said.
Proud thanked everyone for attending the ceremony. He said he is blessed and thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the county.
“Public service is a privilege but also comes as a responsibility,” Proud said after being sworn in. “We take that responsibility very seriously.”
Proud’s wife, Rebecca, held the bible while Proud recited the oath. Proud’s brother and other friends and government co-workers were also in attendance.
“I am just really proud of him and support him in whatever he wants to do,” Rebecca said about her husband.
She said Proud said this will be his last term as commissioner, but she won’t hold him to it.
Proud is a life-long Clermont County resident. He grew up on a small farm in Batavia Township and graduated from Amelia High School.
Proud graduated from Cumberland College, and he began his career in public service began by working for Clermont County Senior Services.
Proud currently serves as president of the Clermont County Board of County Commissioners.
He is also involved with dozens of other organizations, committees and causes including the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, the Ohio Community Corrections Association, the National Association of Counties, the Batavia Rotary, Glen Este Baptist Church, the Whole in My Heart military support group and more.
For more information about Proud visit www.bcc.clermontcountyohio.gov.