Rex Parsons talks about his motivation for public service – The Clermont Sun

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By Brett Milam

Rex Parsons, who was appointed to the Batavia Board of Trustees recently, answered questions from The Sun about his new position.

Pictured is Rex Parsons, the recently retired administrator in Batavia Township, who was appointed to fill the vacant Board of Trustees position at a special meeting on Jan. 15, 2020.

Parsons filled former trustee Bill Dowdney’s vacated seat after previously serving as the township administrator from 2002 until 2019.

When the seat was vacated, and the township opened up the seat to letters from interested residents, Parsons said it was his chance to “serve my community in a much different way in a new position.”

“Of course I know the Board quite well and I was excited to work with Trustees [James] Sauls and [Randy] Perry and Fiscal Officer Haley,” he said.

Parsons’ public service and his love of the community started with his dad, who started a Ben Franklin store in the village of Batavia in 1934. Through that, Parsons grew up in the family business and met many of the residents of the community.

“Working in the family business is a lot of work, but it is also very rewarding, getting to be a part of a small community,” Parsons said.

But his dad wasn’t just a businessman; he also served on the village council, to which Parsons said he wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps. He did, by serving on village council for eight years beginning in 1988.

“Like my dad before me, I was able to bring a business mindset to village council,” Parsons said.

After his role on council, Parsons became the Batavia Township clerk (a position now known as fiscal officer) beginning in 2000 for two years, and then became the first administrator for the township.

“In my position as clerk, I developed a thorough understanding of local government finances, which greatly benefited my role as administrator,” he said.

In his role as administrator, Parsons gathered information to then present to the board, who would then make the decisions.

“So now I will be working with the other two trustees and fiscal officer to make the decisions and set policy using information supplied by our administrator,” he said. “I look forward to working with them to make Batavia Township the best community in Clermont County.”

Looking ahead, Parsons said something he’d like to see is development continue on the park while staying within budget.

“Also, as Amelia village has dissolved, this has added some new challenges to our departments and the continuation of services to those residents and businesses on the Batavia Township side of SR 125 is key,” he said.

Parsons’ term expires on Dec. 31, 2021.

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