Government Cooperation Task Force

Focus

The Task Force is studying opportunities for improvement of local government in our region through cooperative arrangements such as the sharing of services.

In the summer of 2011 the Cincinnatus Association polled its members regarding what were the most important issues for the association to be involved with. The response showed overwhelming support for a focus on the issue of government cooperation/shared services/consolidations. Cincinnatus Association member John Frank, who was already chairing a committee with a similar focus for the civic group Citizens for Civic Renewal, was asked to chair the Cincinnatus Task Force. He agreed, and it became a joint effort of Cincinnatus and Citizens for Civic Renewal.

The Government Cooperation Task Force has convened monthly for more than two years. Its members have welcomed prominent guests from political and academic circles, read a number of pertinent books and articles, and studied development in the number of peer cities. The task force has developed an understanding of the major problems standing in the way of improving government cooperation in Greater Cincinnati, and is now in the process of developing action steps designed to make a positive impact in the community.

Meeting schedule

Third Monday each month, at 4:00 pm. Contact Task Force Chair John Frank for further information if you wish to attend a meeting. 

Members

  • John Frank, Chair
  • Dick Adams
  • Jim Crowe
  • Chuck Curran
  • Al DeJarnett
  • Chuck Downton
  • Kim Fender
  • Tom Huenefeld
  • Gerard Hyland
  • Al Kanters
  • Bill Killen
  • Judith Lewis
  • Chuck Meyer
  • Bren Ryan
  • Mark Silbersack
  • John Slauson

For more info:

Task Force Chair John Frank, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Current initiatives

  1. We are developing a short explanation for why cooperation among local governments is so important for our region.  We are researching success stories in other regions where local governments have worked together.
  2. We are examining existing organizations or structures to determine what they are doing to further cooperation within our region.
  3. We are trying to identify leaders from all the diverse components of our region who might be helpful in leading the way forward on government cooperation.
  4. We may develop a regional effort in which local governmental entities would get together to discuss common issues, discuss ways to help each other, and what the region needs to do to attract businesses and bring prosperity to all.

Past initiatives

  1. We reviewed prior or current efforts to share services among local governments, and we discussed the prior unsuccessful effort to create a commission to study opportunities for sharing services between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
  2. We interviewed a number of current local government leaders to get their thoughts on what opportunities exist for greater cooperation.
  3. We reviewed reports relating to studies here and elsewhere relating to sharing of services via government cooperation or consolidations, including the difficulties, resulting costs and benefits such studies identified.
  4. We discussed a prior proposal to restructure Hamilton County’s government.