Governor John Kasich appointed Harvey Reed as the new director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Reed, a registered Democrat, has been serving as the superintendent of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center, a 160-bed facility in Cincinnati. He has 32 years of experience in youth corrections, including time as a youth leader, probation officer, and as assistant director and director in the Work Detail Community Service Program. In January, Kasich promoted Christine Money, who had been interim director, to run the agency. However, Money retired just two weeks later, citing personal health reasons.
Kasich also had the chance to name Jim Petro as chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents due to the resignation of current Chancellor Eric Fingerhut. The appointment is effective March 14. Petro is a native of Brooklyn, Ohio and a graduate of Denison University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. As Ohio auditor from 1995 through 2002, Petro provided financial and performance oversight of Ohio's universities, and as Ohio attorney general from 2003 through 2006, Petro served as the chief legal officer to the state's universities. Petro currently serves as Partner-in-Charge of Client Strategy and Service for the Roetzel & Andress law firm out of their Columbus office.
Acting Superintendent of the Division of Liquor Control Bruce D. Stevenson of Urbana was named the permanent head of that division by Director of Commerce David Goodman. Stevenson had been serving as Acting Superintendent since November 2010. Stevenson has worked for the Division of Liquor Control in various capacities for the past 20 years, with 13 years as Deputy Superintendent of the Division's Licensing Section and as Chief of the Permit Division from 1993-1997, and Chief of the Beer and Wine Division from 1991-1993. Stevenson is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
The House Republican Caucus announced that Christina M. Hagan, the daughter of former Rep. John Hagan (R-Alliance), was selected to fill Representative Todd Snitchler's (R-Uniontown) seat. Hagan ran for the seat in 2008 after her father was term-limited, but lost to Snitchler in a Republican primary. She is currently finishing her degree in business administration at Malone University. She is also the head tennis coach at Marlington High School and is employed at a Jackson Township restaurant. Snitchler resigned his 50th House District seat to become chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.