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Chillicothe Council Votes Down Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Bans Public Feeding of Wildlife

About 30 members of the public attended the April 21st Chillicothe Council, many in opposition to filling the post of "Chief of Staff."

Chillicothe — Council voted down the mayor’s request to fill the post of “Chief of Staff” Monday evening. After several speakers from the public and a few council members spoke pro and con in this session, the proposed ordinance failed 3-4 with one abstention at third reading.

Council did pass the ordinance to ban public feeding of wildlife – focusing on waterfowl in Yoctangee Park – also at third reading. Many members of the public had opposed that in the previous council session.

The Chief of Staff is one of several city posts left vacant since the city’s financial duress in 2011.

Mayor Luke Feeney pointed out that city employees who are currently filling in for that post have been working hard to cover duties that would fall under it – including expanded city services like the land bank, applying for grants, covering the city’s social media, and unknown increased needs from World Heritage visitation.

Hear the mayor’s response to the vote in his own words in the below video…as well as an introduction of the new city Utility Director, Nathan Prosch, who will be leaving the City of Portsmouth in May.

Feeney said he wants Prosch to work with the current city engineer and evetually create a Chillicothe Public Works Department, combining the engineering and utilities departments – or if council does not agree, to make Prosch the new City Engineer.

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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.