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con­tin­ued from A1 that in his dual roles as out­go­ing sher­iff and county Repub­li­can chair­man, he is rec­om­mend­ing that Chief Deputy Rob Streck be the county’s next sher­iff.

Tom Young, the county GOP ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s 1st Chair­man, said the proper le­gal process for re­plac­ing the sher­iff will be fol­lowed. But, he said, if Plum­mer said Streck is the pick, “that’s it.”

Young also said tran­si­tion- ing lead­ers can be sim­i­lar in pri­vate busi­ness as in pub- lic of­fice.

“You in­herit a staff, you cre­ate your own pri­or­i­ties and you have to deal with all the other elected of­fi­cials and so forth. It comes with the ter­ri­tory. How you do that is en­tirely up to you,” Young said. “Rob Streck, he’s a true pro­fes­sional. He’s young and en­er­getic and he’s had a vast ar­ray of ex­pe­ri­ence in the sher­iff ’s of­fice since he’s been there.”

Streck was not avail­able for com­ment.

The sher­iff ’s of­fice con­trols the Mont­gomery County Jail, pa­trols un­in­cor­po­rated areas, reg­is­ters sex of­fend­ers, runs mul­ti­juris­dic­tional crime task forces a nd pro­vides secu- rity for the courts, among other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“It’s re­ward­ing that the cit­i­zens have faith in me,” Plum­mer said of his elec­tion af­ter 30 years in the sher­iff ’s of­fice. “I think I did a pretty good job for them as a sher­iff for the past 10 years. It was a good run.”

A year of change

Plum­mer said Maj. Daryl Wil­son will rise to chief dep- uty — the high­est po­si­tion for a mi­nor­ity in the of­fice’s his­tory. Plum­mer said he didn’t know if Streck had de­cided if a cur­rent cap­tain would rise to ma­jor.

“That’s a good mix,” Plum­mer said of Streck and Wil­son. “Daryl knows the jail. He knows op­er­a­tions.”

Mont­gomeryCounty Com­mis­sioner Deb­bie Lieber­man said 2018 saw some change among county elected offi- cials when Greg Brush left as Clerk of Courts and county recorder Wil­lis Black­s­hear died.

She said the county will ad­just in 2019 to a new c om- mis­sioner, a rel­a­tively new re c or­der, a new cou nty ad­min­is­tra­tor, three new judges and a new sher­iff, among other po­si­tions.

“This last year was filled with some changes,” Lieber- man said. “But now there’s go­ing to be quite a bit more. ... We’re just hop­ing that we can pro­vide the con­ti­nu­ity.”

A decade as sher­iff

Plum­mer was pro­moted from chief deputy to sher- iff in 2008 when Dave Vore re s igned. Plum­mer was ap­pointed in July and won that fall’s elec­tion.

Plum­mer said he felt he im­proved po­lice-com­mu­nity re­la­tions and that work- ing with area faith lead­ers helped when other ci­ties had large demon­stra­tions over per­ceived mis­treat­ment of mi­nori­ties.

The sher­iff dis­ci­plined mul­ti­ple em­ploy­ees over so-called racist text mes­sages and he said he worked to im­prove re­la­tions with the NAACP.

“We all stuck to­gether to work on prob­lems,” he said.

Leav­ing of­fice, sort of

Plum­mer said that un­til he re­signs, he will be in the of­fice ev­ery day af­ter a trip to help his son re­cover from surgery.

He said he will miss his hun­dreds of em­ploy­ees.

“They did a tremen­dous job. They’re just war­riors. I’m go­ing to hate to leave those peo­ple,” Plum­mer said. “We did the best we could with the re­sources we had.”

Plum­mer said he will con­tinue to help coach Vanda- lia But­ler High School wrestlers, stay on lo­cal com­mit­tees and maybe even work for Streck.

“My plan is to stay on as a re­serve deputy so I can vol­un­teer and kind of do some drug work for them so I don’t lose all my con­tacts there,” he said. “It de­pends how much time I have.”

He said his patch and badge would change and that he won’t be in charge.

“I’ll stay out of the way,” Plum­mer said. “If they need my ad­vice I’ll give it to them. It’s go­ing to be their show.”

A cop in the state­house

Pre­ble County Sher­iff Michael Simp­son, the pres­i­dent of the Buck­eye State Sher­iffs’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said a sit­ting sher­iff hasn’t been elected to the state­house in decades.

“I think it’s a start. It’s a voice,” said Simp­son, who ex­pects to con­tinue as chair of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee. “It’s more than we’ve got now. I’m pretty ex­cited about it, ac­tu­ally.

“It’s a friend that we can call and say here — here’s the is­sues we’re deal­ing with — and Phil’s go­ing to know about them.”

Plum­mer said with Dave Yost elected as Ohio’s at­tor- ney gen­eral and Mike DeWine elected as gover­nor that law en­force­ment re­sources may be in­creased.

“If county jails are go­ing to turn into pris­ons, then we need the re­sources pris­ons have,” Plum­mer said. “With my grass­roots ex­pe­ri­ence, I know what’s needed and they’ll lis­ten to me.”

“There’s no one agency that can do it by them­selves,” Simp­son said. “We need to part­ner where we can. So I think his task forces have been suc­cess­ful over there.”

Plum­mer’s agenda

Plum­mer said he plans to “stay in his lane” as far as his leg­isla­tiveagenda, which will in­clude fight­ing for law en­force­ment re­sources.

He said more men­tal health and drug ad­dic­tion re­sources are needed, along with bet­ter over­sight of how treat­ment money is spent. He will sup­port crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form, and he noted that the failed Is­sue 1 pushed by “Cal­i­for­ni­ans” gained some trac­tion be­cause the leg­is­la­ture didn’t prop­erly ad­dress lower-level drug pos­ses­sion crimes re­lated to ad­dic­tion.

“I think peo­ple are re­al­iz­ing it’s more of a dis­ease than a crime,” he said. “Of course, the an­cil­lary crimes have got to be ad­dressed through the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. Just putting th­ese peo­ple in the jail doesn’t fix any­thing. So we need more detox cen­ters.” Con­tact this re­porter at 937225-6951 or email Mark. Gokavi@cox­

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