Politically, 2019 has been another Year of the Woman, and locally it’s been no exception. For the first time ever, the Board of Montgomery County Commissioners is all female: Judy Dodge, Debbie Lieberman and Carolyn Rice. Our host Libby Ballengee wanted to chat with them and find out more about them as people, politicians and most importantly, as our area representatives! This was a get to know you episode, and look forward to future conversations about specific issues and departments.

What surprised us the most is just how much the County Commission has to handle.  There is a difference between city and township responsibilities, and what the county handles. There are a lot of intricacies to local government.

Please note – we had a slight audio issue on this episode. We appreciate your understanding!

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About Commissioner Judy Dodge

Commissioner Dodge was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio where she attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Colonel White High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wright State University.  Judy began her career in public service in 1985. She was elected to serve as Montgomery County’s Recorder in 2000 and re-elected in 2004.  Prior to her position as Recorder, she served as the Assistant Court Administrator for the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court.  Judy was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in November 2006 and re-elected in 2008, 2012, and 2016. 

Judy is honored to serve as a Montgomery County Commissioner and strives to be a voice for vulnerable populations.  She has been instrumental in the passage of four Human Services Levies, and worked to expand food security and access by establishing a Food Policy Coalition to improve our local food system.  In November 2018 Judy hosted the eighth annual Montgomery County Food Summit. Judy also co-developed a regional sustainability center, now known as DRG, which focuses on energy reduction and green practices in business, government and residential sectors.  Judy is proud to serve in this capacity and will continue her work to move Montgomery County forward and enhance the quality of life for all Montgomery County citizens.


About Commissioner Debbie Lieberman

Debbie moved to Dayton in 1983 to attend the University of Dayton Law School.  After graduating from law school, Debbie worked in real estate and with Legal Aid Society of Dayton.  Debbie joined the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office as Director of Real Estate.  She served in that position for 10 years before becoming the Chief Deputy Auditor in 2001. Debbie served on the Randolph Township planning Commission and was then elected to the first City of Clayton Council and re-elected in 2001. Debbie was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in 2004 and is currently in her third term.

Debbie co-chairs with Judge Walter Rice, the Montgomery County Reentry Policy Board.  Debbie is a member of the Dayton Regional STEM Collaborative board, focused on enhancing regional STEM education assets.  Debbie serves on the Dayton Development Coalition’s Regional Leaders Forum and is on the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board. Debbie is on the executive board of the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio (CCAO) and is past president of the Board of Directors. Debbie was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund Council, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund Committee and she is on the Supreme Court Task Force on the Future Funding of Ohio Courts. Debbie was selected to be on the Human Services and Education Steering Committee and serves on the leadership team of the National Association of Counties. 


About Commissioner Carolyn Rice

Carolyn Rice is a native of Dayton and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University of Ohio and her Master of Business Administration from Wright State University. She was an elementary school teacher working with students with special needs and learning disabilities for three years early in her career.  She completed the Genesee Institute’s Community Land Reform Initiatives executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2009.

Carolyn is the most recent addition to the Board of County Commissioners. Prior to her election, she served as Montgomery County Treasurer since her appointment in February 2007. In addition to her duties as Treasurer, Carolyn has served as the Chair of the Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, better known as the Montgomery County Land Bank, since it was created in 2011. Carolyn has led the Montgomery County Vacant Properties Solutions (MVPS) – a group comprised of a variety of key stakeholders who meet monthly to share best practices and address the blight crisis. Prior to her appointment as Treasurer, Carolyn worked 17 years in the private sector for a variety of organizations including Reynolds & Reynolds, LexisNexis, Dames & Moore, and Wright State University. She has vast volunteer experience, including serving on many community and non-profit boards.

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