-By Anne Uchtman
Kimberlee Erdman Rhor is the current Law Director for the City of Cheviot. She first ran during a special election in 2017 against Debbie Slaughter, who was serving as acting Law Director at that time. Rohr is finishing up the remainder of that term and hoping to be re-elected and serve a full term starting in 2020.
Rohr graduated third in her class from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2008 and has been a practicing attorney ever since. She said she never intended to have a political career.
“I never imagined that having my law license and living in a small city like cheviot would lead to a political position,” she said, “but it has truly been an honor to me to serve as Law Director.”
Aside from winning the election, Rohr is most proud of the relationships she has formed while serving as Law Director.
“I have been able to work with all aspects of our city government, forming a great relationship with the Mayor, City Council Members from both sides of the aisle, the Safety Service Director, Police and Fire Chiefs and other employees of the city,” said Rohr. “I pride myself on being responsive and providing correct, valuable legal advice on city matters in a timely fashion.”
Rohr is equally as proud that after winning the special election in 2017, she was able to “hit the ground running,” so-to-speak and immediately stop wasteful spending.
“Since it was a special election, I was sworn in at the end of November 2017,” Rohr explained. “I was immediately able to assume duties of the Law Director by acting as Prosecuting Attorney in our Mayor’s Court.” The acting Law Director at the time, Debbie Slaughter (Rohr’s current opponent), had brought in a special counsel to act as Prosecutor for several months after being appointed acting Law Director, which in turn, cost the city money.
“As someone raising a family in Cheviot, it’s important to me to that our city is safe and family-friendly, but also that my tax dollars and yours are not wasted,” said Rohr. “As an experienced attorney, acting as Prosecutor myself was something I could do to stop the wasteful spending.”
Rohr’s latest accomplishment is bringing an Unofficial Juvenile Community Court to Cheviot. This would allow (some) juvenile offenders who are residents of Cheviot to voluntarily enter a “Diversion Program” and bypass actual Juvenile Court by having their “punishment” handed down by an Unofficial Hearing Officer. She was worked with Cheviot Police and Hamilton County to make this happen.
As far as what the future and this election hold for her, Rohr said her record speaks for itself. “I have been doing this job successfully for the past two years,” she said. “I put my position as a public servant first. This has been an amazing experience for me and I hope to continue to serve.”
Elections will be held on November 5, 2019.