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Friday, April 8, 2016

Warren County leaders honored by Council on Aging

Bill Thornton, Pat South, and Dave Gully
Left to right: COA Board Member Bill Thornton, Warren County Commissioner Pat South, and Warren County Administrator Dave Gully

Warren County Commissioner Pat South and Warren County Administrator David Gully were honored by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio for their long careers of public service and advocacy on behalf of the county’s seniors and caregivers.

Both received the organization’s President’s Award as an honor from its Board of Trustees and staff.  The award was presented on March 8 by board member and Warren County resident William Thornton at Council on Aging’s Forum on Aging, an annual two-day educational event.

Pat South has long been an advocate for older adults, first as associate director of Warren County Community Services, and then as an elected official. As a county commissioner, she took aging issues as an area of specialty and focus.  Her support was critical in the development and passage of Warren County’s first senior services tax levy which voters approved in 2002 and she has been active in every campaign since then. Today the Warren County Elderly Services Program serves nearly 2,500 seniors a year.

Dave Gully has also taken a special interest in helping Warren County’s older residents. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Warren County Elderly Services Program.  He has been an outspoken champion of the rights of older adults to stay in their own homes.

In addition to his support of the Elderly Services Program, Gully has worked to increase support for Adult Protective Services. APS now receives a portion of levy funds to help protect the county’s vulnerable elders from abuse and neglect. This has not only improved the quality of services, but also helped keep APS workers safe in situations that can quickly turn dangerous.

 “Without the leadership and support of people like Pat South and Dave Gully, we would not have the wonderful services for seniors that we do in Warren County,” said Council on Aging President and CEO, Suzanne Burke. “There are few communities around the country that can match what we have in southwestern Ohio to help the vulnerable elderly and their families.”

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