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Controversial new Anderson Twp trustee has his first night in office

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX10) - A controversial, newly-elected trustee on the Anderson Township Board of Trustees made his first appearance at a public meeting Thursday night.

People vented toward Kevin O'Brien, who got his first taste of anger that's been brewing for months.

He was elected trustee, but then months after his election, there was bombshell news that O'Brien had been banned from the securities industry, amid allegations of mishandling a lot of money.

His constituents came out swinging.

"How dare you," one man angrily said. "I ask you to do something in the name of character and justice and resign."

That man was not alone in his asking O'Brien to resign. The question would come up again a handful of times.

"There are a lot of individuals like me who feel betrayed," one woman said. "Would I have voted for you had I known, I don't know, I'll never know."

"I ask Sir, that you consider very strongly for the good of this community and for the good of this Board Of Trustees, to step down from your seat and I ask you sir, will you do that?" a man asked.

"Not at this time," O'Brien said.

O'Brien was banned for life from the securities industry last September. He's accused of misappropriating a client's money for his own use, to the tune of $378,000

O'Brien maintains his client approved the fees he withdrew from the fund at the time.

"I'd like to welcome Kevin O'Brien," said one man.

There were those who called for the community to look past O'Briens past, and to let the person they elected govern.

"Let's stop doing this," one man said. "I think it's cruel."

Another man echoed his sentiments. "Mr. O'Brien has acknowledged, taken responsibility and corrected any personal or business situations that have occurred in the past, these are the ones so many clamor for him to resign over."

One lady took a softer approach. "Looks like the old boys club again and I don't appreciate it," she said.

But as soon as the last person had their say, O'Brien had his say.

"I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve the residents of Anderson Township. Anderson's a wonderful place to live, work, shop and raise a family, top priorities of my tenure will include continuation of the high standards and basic services," O'Brien said.

And with a slight nod to the crowd, he said., "Job creation and fiscal responsibility."

Immediately after that, there were no more cross words or comments. The meeting went on, just like any other trustees meeting in Anderson Township. 

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