Simmons to make bid for commissioner

Staff Reports

TROY — Gregory A. Simmons of Troy has announced he will run for Miami County Commissioner in the Republican Primary on March 15.

Simmons, a Republican, said his personal objective is to integrate and apply his skills in leadership, finance and administration to the county position.

“I will lead with integrity, transparency and accountability,” said Simmons, the very first graduate of Edison State Community College, who has his associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Simmons, in a press release, said his platform consists of “an ethical practice that demonstrates fiscal responsibility and accountability as a public servant for Miami County.”

Simmons was born and raised in Miami County and served in the US Navy. From there, Simmons said he directed governmental agencies for more than 20 years that included supervising programs and developing inter-agency support.

“I have chaired regional and local multi-agency meetings, prepared, monitored and revised county budgets, served local and state level executive boards and facilitated seminars locally, regionally and statewide, researched and developed award winning programs,” he said.

Simmons has served as chief probation officer, Miami County Children Services; pastored and founded The Upper Room Worship Center, Tipp City; served as a police officer and chaplain for the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police; served as a park ranger; director of West Central Juvenile Detention Center; and an adjunct professor at Edison Community College.

“During the time frame of a total of 14 years as the director of the juvenile detention center in Miami County, I successfully directed the business operations of a $1.6 million dollar budget,” Simmons said. “I administered funds in such a way, that when I left that position, I successfully left the center with nearly a million dollars in unencumbered money.”

To Simmon’s credit, he said he also has taught at the Ohio Police Officers Training at Sinclair Community College; taught Juvenile Justice at Edison for 10 years; trained US Department of Justice at the National Institute of Managing Institutions; and was involved in public agency downsizing. He said he also was the vice president of the Ohio Juvenile Detention Directors Association and is a certified professional administrator in Juvenile Justice.

Simmons received the Alumnus Award by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges; twice received a certificate of appreciation for the Outstanding Employee/Miami County Commissioners; recognition from the state legislature of Ohio; and received the Bob Radar Award for being the top juvenile detention director in the nation for the Juvenile Detention Association.

Simmons said he is a family man, with the majority of his family living in Miami County. He has four children — Aaron, Matt, Sheryl and Leah — with his deceased wife of 41 years, who passed away from cancer. He remarried his wife Patricia, and has two stepsons, Joshua, a student at Edison, and Brian. Simmons also is a grandfather.

“I highly value my personal involvement within my church and surrounding communities,” Simmons said.

Simmons’ petition for candidacy was validated Thursday by the Miami County Board of Elections.

More information can be found on Facebook at Simmons4Commissioner.