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Hamilton County has a new sheriff

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For the first time in 25 years Hamilton County will have new sheriff and he's not a Republican. 

County voters Tuesday selected Democrat Jim Neil to replace Simon Leis who's retiring at the end of the year.

Neil defeated the sheriff's department's current chief deputy, Sean Donovan, in the race.  

Keith Clepper is the co-campaign manager for Jim Neil.  Clepper said voters wanted change.

"You will see a professionally run department by a law enforcement officer, something that the sheriff's department has not had in 25 years,"Clepper said.  "You will see a man with a master's degree, who has a business background running a business.  You will see a transparent department."

Clepper said Neil will be holding a press conference Wednesday at noon to talk about his plans for the sheriff's department.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.