The Rotary Club of Cincinnati honored members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for significant achievement, career enhancement and administrative excellence at a combined live and virtual ceremony at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil joined Rotary President Brett Lebhar of Anderson Township in presenting the awards. Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover introduced the awardees.
Captain Augusto F. (Tony) Orue was honored for superior achievement, including his leadership in modernizing training and expanding policing methods through intelligence-led policing.
Captain Kyran P. Weithofer and Accountant Manager Kevin A. Hopper were honored for career enhancement.
Capt. Weithofer has worked and supervised every area of the jail. Since 2015 he has spearheaded special projects, including the body-worn camera program, security camera update at the justice center complex, jail management system and the expansion project at the Hamilton County Justice Center. He implemented the video visitation program, updated the phone system, and rolled out inmate tablets.
Accountant Manager Kevin A. Hopper oversees the Jail Services budget, which makes up about 45 percent of the Sheriff’s Office budget. In 2019, the Jail Services Division came in over two million dollars under budget.
Major Walter W. Hendrick received the Administrative Excellence Award.
Over 41 years he has been head of the Traffic Safety Unit, commander of the Support Services Section and commander of the Court Services Division, where he manages operations in the Hamilton County Courthouse and the downtown Hamilton County campus.
The Rotary Club of Cincinnati initiated the Rotary Awards more than a decade ago to honor excellence in key public service professions. Rotary is a service and business networking organization with a mission to provide selfless service in the community. For information on The Rotary Club of Cincinnati see www.cincinnatirotary.org.