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Hartmann: I am resigning Monday

Greg Hartmann (FOX19 NOW/file) Greg Hartmann (FOX19 NOW/file)

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann said he will resign Monday.

In a surprise move earlier this year, Hartmann announced he wasn't running for re-election next year.

He said he was taking "a self-imposed term limit."

The Republican was gearing up to take on challenger State Rep. Denise Driehaus, D-Cincinnati, for his third term. 

Hartmann said Tuesday he want to see fellow Republican and Colerain Township Trustee Dennis Deters in his seat.

"One of the reasons I am leaving is that there is one person running for this seat. His name is Dennis Deters, and I think he is the right guy to continue the work that I've been able to accomplish in the last seven years. I think Hamilton County will be left in good hands with Dennis."

Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, said he could not confirm if Deters would be appointed to the seat. He said the party's executive committee will make the decision. It was not immediately clear when an appointment would be made.

Hartmann began serving in January 2009, and re-elected to a second term in January 2013.

He also previously served nearly six years as Hamilton County Clerk of Courts.

Deters, an attorney and the younger brother of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, was elected in Colerain in November 2009. His current term expires in December 2017, according to the township's website.

"At this point Greg's resignation is news to me," Deters said Tuesday. "I am going to take some time with my wife and family before I commit to the next steps."

Driehaus said the situation "is a way to give Deters the advantage over" her in the fall election.

"Hamilton County deserves a forward-thinking commission, willing to build partnerships and invest in our future,” she said in a prepared statement.

“Regardless of who I’ll be running against – an elected incumbent, an appointed incumbent or a traditional Republican – I'm going to work passionately to win my fellow Hamilton County residents' vote," she said. "There's too much at stake to get distracted by the backroom deal-making on the Republican side. Instead, it's time to move our county forward."

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