At their Aug. 9 Session, the Clermont County Commissioners named Thomas Eigel interim county administrator and Andy Kuchta interim assistant county administrator, effective Aug. 26.
County Administrator Stephen Rabolt is retiring on Aug. 25. He has been in that position since February 2012 and has worked for Clermont County since 1996.
Eigel is currently assistant county administrator. He was named to that position in 2012. He came to the county with more than 15 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Cincinnati in Political Science in 1993, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Kentucky University in 2003.
Kuchta is currently the director of Community and Economic Development, and has served in that position since 2011. He joined Clermont County in 2004 as director of Economic Development.
He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1991 and Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University in 1994.
Commissioners expressed their appreciation for Mr. Rabolt. “Steve has been responsible for a number of major initiatives as county administrator,” said David Uible, President of the BCC. “One of the biggest has been our Community Alternative Sentencing Center, the first of its kind in Ohio. Steve was instrumental in managing that process.”
The CASC, which opened in 2013, provides a treatment alternative for misdemeanants convicted of drug- and alcohol-related crimes. “Steve recognized the growing opiate epidemic in our county and our need to address it differently,” Commissioner Uible added. “There were many moving parts to the CASC, and Steve helped them come together.”
Rabolt also oversaw the development and installation of new radio communications and computer-aided dispatch systems, which connect with emergency responders throughout Clermont County.
Before being named county administrator, Rabolt was director of the Office of Technology, Communications, and Security. As director, he oversaw the building of a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center for Clermont County, completed in 2010.
Rabolt also oversaw several building projects as county administrator.
During Rabolt’s tenure, the county emerged from the after-effects of the Great Recession into a time of modest but steady growth. “Steve has kept the county on course both fiscally and operationally,” said Commissioner Ed Humphrey. “He has helped us to prioritize spending and investment for the future. As commissioners, we have valued his calm leadership and sound advice, and we will miss him.”
Commissioner David Painter added: “I would like to thank Steve Rabolt for his dedication and many years of service to the citizens of Clermont County. I am very appreciative for Steve sharing his knowledge and history with me as a new commissioner. Knowing the answers to the ‘how we got here’ questions allowed me to come up to speed quickly.
“Steve will be missed by all the county team members he worked with,” Commissioner Painter added. “On behalf of all the county team members, we wish him prosperity, good heath, and continued success in all that he chooses to do in the future.”
Before coming to Clermont County, Rabolt worked as a planner and systems analyst with Oklahoma City, and served as a geographic systems analyst with the City of Albuquerque, N.M.
He also worked in private sector technology consulting. Mr. Rabolt holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Rowan University in New Jersey and a Masters in Geography from Oklahoma State University.
Commissioners noted that advertising for the county administrator’s position would begin the week of Aug. 14.