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New auto titling office to open in northern Hamilton County

cars in a parking lot

Later this fall, you'll no longer have to drive Downtown or to Forest Park to get a vehicle title. Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler is opening another titling office in the Fields-Ertel area.

Winkler says the office will offer all kinds of vehicle titling and eventually passport processing.

"We felt like this was a good opportunity, especially with the economy picking up, to go out to an area of our county that really is underserved," says Winkler. "We're really looking forward to bringing services out to that area of the county but also capturing some of the business that we have lost over the last several years."

Hamilton County Commissioners signed off on the plan to open the new location Wednesday.

There used to be more offices, but they were closed in the mid-2000's because of the poor economy. Commissioner Greg Hartmann noted the irony that he was voting for the request since it was budget cuts he made as the former Clerk of Courts that led to the earlier closures.

"It's not really  fair," joked Hartmann. "I had to close them and you get to open them."

Hartmann went on to note that maybe this is a sign of an improving economy.

Winkler says the office is expected to open sometime in November.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.