COLLEEN DEEGAN: Cincinnati might have its first breakout reality TV star of the new millennium. No, we’re not talking about Nick Lachey (boring) or Chad Ochocinco (over-exposed). We’re referring to Police Officer Colleen Deegan, who is among the four people featured in TLC’s Police Women of Cincinnati series that debuted a few weeks ago. Deegan, with her short-cropped, blonde hair, tattoos and feisty personality, seems tailor-made for the TV screen and steals most episodes from her colleagues. Of course, working in the Central Vice Control Section allows Deegan to confront a more interesting caliber of offender than the others, too. Simply put, she’s hard to resist.
BRAD BECKETT: City Hall insiders were scratching their heads earlier this month, wondering why Councilman Chris Monzel’s longtime chief of staff didn’t make the jump with him to his new Hamilton County Commission office.
As it turns out, Beckett was set to take over as Butler County administrator, with a $90,000 annual salary, in a secret scheme hatched by Butler Commissioners Don Dixon and Cindy Carpenter. But on New Year’s Eve, Dixon — the plan’s mastermind — changed his mind, leaving Beckett without a job. As much as the uber-conservative Beckett enjoys the machinations and intrigues of politics, we don’t expect him to remain unemployed for long. Speaking of which...
PATRICK THOMPSON: He was hired by Republicans, and now he’s been fired by Republicans. When Thompson was hired as Hamilton County administrator in October 2005, he was given the task of overseeing the county government’s daily operations. He was hired by Phil Heimlich and Pat DeWine, when the GOPers controlled the three-member commission. Thompson survived the switchover to Democratic control, when Todd Portune and David Pepper both were in office. In fact, they tasked him with downsizing county operations by about 22 percent, restoring it to 1998 spending levels. But with GOPers Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel taking control this month, they decided to move in a new direction.
FOREST HILLS SCHOOLS: If you’re going to serve on a public committee that will recommend how taxpayer money should be spent, don’t try to make your decisions secretly. That’s the essence of a lawsuit filed by The Forest Hills Journal — which is owned by The Enquirer — against the Forest Hills Local School District. The newspaper alleges the district’s Facilities Committee used a secret ballot Sept. 9 to decide on building configuration recommendations to the school board, as well as allowing one committee member to submit a proxy vote for another. The Journal alleges both actions violate the state’s Open Meetings Act, and is seeking an injunction to keep such incidents from happening again. We agree.