Governance (O.R.C. 6101)

The Miami Conservancy District is governed in accordance with O.R.C 6101

Conservancy Court Judges

A body of nine Common Pleas Court judges comprises the Conservancy Court. Among the duties of the court are:

  • Establish districts and subdistricts.
  • Adopt official plans and amendments.
  • Appoint a Board of Directors and a Board of Appraisers.
  • Confirm the appraisers' report of benefits, damages, and appraisals of property.
  • Authorize maintenance assessments in excess of 1 percent of benefits.
  • Authorize a readjustment of benefits in accordance with section 6101.54 of the Revised Code.
  • Approve the method of financing improvements and activities under section 6101.25 of the Revised Code.
  • Examine the annual report of the Board of Directors of the conservancy district as provided under section 6101.66 of the Revised Code.


Montgomery County
Honorable Denise L. Cross,
Presiding Judge
Greene County
Honorable Cynthia Martin
Preble County
Honorable Stephen R. Bruns
Butler County
Honorable Keith M. Spaeth
Hamilton County
Honorable Amy L. Searcy

Shebly County
Honorable James F. Stevenson

Clark County
Honorable Thomas J. Capper
Miami County
Honorable Jeannine N. Pratt

Warren County
Honorable Robert W. Peeler



Board of Directors

The Conservancy Court appoints the MCD Board of Directors, whose three members serve staggered five-year terms. The board meets quarterly to establish district policy and provide oversight and direction to the board-appointed general manager. It is the general manager's responsibility to implement board policy and run the day-to-day operations of the district. MCD employs 46 full-time, year-round staff and several seasonal and temporary staff to achieve its mission. In addition, the organization has a three-member Board of Appraisers which meets as needed. The powers of both Boards are set forth in the Ohio Revised Code. The Board of Directors duties include:

  • Appoints key staff.
  • Sets policy and takes actions necessary to devise, prepare for, execute, maintain, operate and protect official plan(s).
  • Makes and enforces necessary rules and regulations.
  • Provides an annual report to Conservancy Court.
  • By-Laws of the Miami Conservancy District 


Beth G. Whelley is senior vice president at Fahlgren Mortine, an integrated marketing and communications agency in the Dayton region. She is a Centerville resident. Her term runs through June 30, 2027. Mark G. Rentschler is a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ohio, and is the fifth member of his family to proudly serve on MCD's Board of Directors. He retired in 2022 after serving as vice president for customer support at Makino, Inc., a global machine tool company based in Mason, Ohio. His term runs through June 30, 2028. Michael van Haaren is a resident of Bethel Township, Tipp City and is currently General Manager at Penta Gear Metrology, a division of Kapp-Niles GmbH. Previously he was President of Process Equipment Company (Tipp City, OH) for 15 years and later, Stillwater Technologies (Troy, OH) for 9 years. His term on the Miami Conservancy District board runs through June 30, 2025.



Board of Appraisers (6101.27)

  • Appraises lands to be acquired by the district.
  • Appraises all benefits and damages to lands within or outside the district and benefits accruing to public corporations as entities by reason of the execution of the official plan(s).