We identify judicious initiatives for improving local government, researching issues to inform Cincinnatus members and the public. As warranted, we recommend for or against relevant ballot issues. To accomplish this, we organize forums and invite speakers to address our committee, the full Cincinnatus membership and the public.


The Government Panel meets via Zoom on the first Tuesday of the month from 4:30 PM to 6 PM.


Melissa Currence (Chair) and Julia Johnson (Vice-Chair)


Jane Anderson Justin JeffreConnie Roesch 
Tom Beridon Sol KerseyEly Ryder 
Noel Beyer 
John KeufferRyan Salzman
Samuel Brewer Gary McClimansAlice Schneider
Dot ChristensonCarolyn B. MillerMark Silbersack 
Valerie Daley
William MuseJT Spence
Jocile Ehrlich Ellen Muse-LindemanJeffrey Stec
Sarah GideonseBarbara MyersStephanie Stoller
Samantha GoldfederSusan NoonanEmily Thobe 
Arlene HermanLoanna ParaskevopoulosMichelle Young
Eric JacksonJenna Reel 


Transportation: We are partners in the regional transportation coalition for the Connected Region initiative and endorsed the transit sales tax levy in Hamilton County that would provide additional funds SORTA as well as improve infrastructure throughout the county.

Gov’t Cooperation Award: In alliance with the local chapter of the American Society for Public Administrators, we support an annual award, the Cincinnatus Government Cooperation Award, to a public official or body that innovates with collaboration among local governments. The award has been given each year since 2016.

Ballot initiatives: Our panel regularly researches local ballot initiatives to inform Cincinnatus members and the public of their pros and cons. The panel recommends whether or not Cincinnatus should endorse a particular initiative.

Public dialogue: Our panel is an active partner with the National Issues Forum to foster civil, civic dialogue in our community.

Criminal justice reform: We continue to explore legislative initiatives for criminal justice reform and have connected the Ohio Policy and Justice Center to gain a deeper of understanding of these issues.