Official Former county commissioner gets stadium job with Bengals

A former county commissioner who helped persuade taxpayers to approve a sales tax increase to build new stadiums for football's Cincinnati Bengals and baseball's Cincinnati Reds has a job with the Bengals. The Bengals said today they hired Bob Bedinghaus as director of development for Paul Brown Stadium. The Hamilton County-owned stadium was paid for by a half-cent sales tax increase that county voters approved in 1996.

The Bengals, after threatening to relocate to Baltimore if they didn't get a new stadium in Cincinnati, moved into Paul Brown Stadium in 2000. Bedinghaus, a Republican, lost his re-election bid for the Hamilton County Commission in November 2000 to Democratic challenger Todd Portune. Bedinghaus had served as a consultant to the Bengals since September 2001.

He is helping the team oversee installation of a new artificial turf playing surface at the stadium for the 2004 season.