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Symmes Township Board of Trustees

Philip J. Beck

Phil Beck

Phil is honored to have served all residents of Symmes Township as their Trustee since 2008, and he takes great pleasure in providing professional leadership and experience to solving residents’ concerns and making continuous improvements to all aspects of our Township.  Phil is committed to:  Public Safety; Quality of Life; Economic Development; Fiscal Responsibility; and Tax Payer Savings.

 Phil is a dedicated husband to Suzanne for 24 years and father of three children (Nathan & Emma both graduated from the Indian Hill School District, and Sarah is currently attending high school there.)  A Navy (Seabee) Officer for 20 years, Phil is a proud Veteran of both Iraq (Ramadi) and Afghanistan (Kandahar).  Phil is a registered Architect in Ohio with over 33 years of project management experience on large public development, design and construction projects (totaling over $4 Billion), most currently the Project Executive for The Banks project reinventing Cincinnati’s riverfront for generations to come.  Phil earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of California at Berkeley.  Phil is an Eagle Scout with over 29 years of volunteer experience in the Boy Scouts of America.

 Phil would appreciate hearing from you at beckfortrustee@fuse.net.

Jodie Leis

Jodie Leis

Jodie Leis is honored and humbled to serve the residents of Symmes Township since being elected to the Board of Trustees in 2001. She takes her role seriously and is committed to providing a strong voice for the community.

 Jodie is married to a Loveland-Symmes Firefighter, Jack George, and together they have raised three children in the Loveland School District--Mckenzie, Bailey, and Remington. She feels family is the key to a great community and that the best way to bring people together is through sidewalk programs, special events, and beautiful parks. Operation Santa, The Great Symmes Egg Hunt, Symmes Honors Veterans, Fall for Symmes, and Yoga in the Park are some of her favorite annual events to plan and organize.

Safety of the community is a main priority for Jodie. The Township contracts with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. Impressively, the fire department has the highest ISO rating in the country thereby lowering insurance rates in the areas they serve while the Sheriff's department brings increased resources that a township run department would otherwise lack access to.

Additionally, to promote literacy and educational programs Jodie initiated a partnership between Symmes and the Hamilton County Library to install book boxes in the parks, a Story Walk®, and reading events at the Meade Historical Preserve.

During her time as Trustee, Jodie is proud to have developed three parks: Meade, Hopewell, and Home of the Brave. She believes that a well-maintained park system is an important investment for the community and works to minimize the financial burden on residents through grant funding. 

A defining characteristic of her career is Jodie’s passion and commitment to the environment. In order to achieve her goal of making the Township sustainable, she coordinates recycling programs, One Stop Drop drives, hazardous waste programs, the implementation of pollinator gardens, and the replacement of invasive species with native plants.

"As Trustee, I pledge to work hard, be honest, transparent and maintain quality services while being fiscally responsible” said Jodie Leis.

Jodie can be reached at jodie.leis@gmail.com

Ken

Kenneth N. Bryant

Originally from Northern Kentucky, Ken Bryant has lived in the Calumet Farm subdivision in Symmes Township for over 27 years. He has been a Symmes Township Trustee for the past 12 years and was reelected on November 7th, 2017 to serve another four year term.

Ken graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has completed an additional 2 years of post-graduate study in both personnel and project management.  He is a 2017 Graduate of the Ohio Township Association’s Leadership Academy.

Ken and his wife, Jean, have been married for 47 years and enjoy being active in many community activities and charitable events. Ken's two adult children--Angela and Gregory-- and his granddaughter, Jordyn Bryant, are all graduates of Sycamore High School.

Ken has a wealth of business experience. Prior to his retirement from industry, he had a long and successful career both as a Manager and a Senior Staff Engineer with GE Aircraft Engines in both Evendale, Ohio and Lynn, Massachusetts. His 35 years of Engineering and Management experience included both Personnel and Program Leadership in both Product Design and Engine Systems Integration. During his industrial career, Ken successfully managed several multi-million dollar contracts and technical programs.

Ken states, “He absolutely loves the Ohio Township form of government.  He feels it is an example of true “grassroots” governance.  Trustees must meet and discuss township business in open session and the three Trustees must decide any issue by majority vote.  These Trustees are your neighbors and are accessible on the street, in the grocery, or by telephone. Taxes cannot be raised by the Trustees without a levy being placed on the ballot and the Township Residents agreeing by majority vote. The State Legislature sets compensation rates for the elected officials and no one can vote a raise for themselves.  The legislature clearly defines what a Township can and can’t do through the Ohio Revised Codes.” 

Ken is an active member of the Montgomery Community Church and loves golf, volleyball, DIY projects and family travel. He can be reached at (513)489-1886 or email at kennethbryant@fuse.net.