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Getting a Road Address in Ross County Not a Simple Thing Anymore

A sample of Ross County addresses, from the Auditor's website mapping.

Ross County – Something as plain and ordinary as a road address can be a complicated and important factor – especially now, with the main government official who has more than 30 years of experience with assigning them ready to retire.

Jill Caplinger is the Office Manager for the Ross County Building Department. She spoke with the Ross County Commissioners Monday about upgrading her office’s software, ironing out details on services shared with the City of Chillicothe, and transitioning her role.

Jill Caplinger, Office Manager for the Ross County Building Department, ready to retire after 30 years.

Caplinger says she started her job there when the Building Department was started in 1993, and has “been through it all” as the office and her role has developed. She said it will take months to fully train her replacement…and she plans to retire in the second week of January.

In fact, she said her grandfather was the county engineer who modernized Ross County addresses in the 1970s – by changing them from route and box numbers, and renaming some roads to make more sense to a motoring public.

She and Josh Hettinger, Chief Building Official and Administrator, also suggested that five years would be a good timeline to update their office system and software.

Caplinger says she assigns addresses for new construction or property splits. If these use a pre-existing driveway, it can be simple…but new driveways have various requirements now.

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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.