Michael D. Pitman

Michael D. Pitman covers political news in Butler County, as well as state and national issues that may have an impact on the community. In addition to his award-winning journalism skills, Pitman has developed into a reliable staff photographer. He also enjoys telling features about people, and the interesting lives they have led. He was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pitman graduated from Wyoming High School and earned his B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph. He also has a Masters in Sport Administration from Xavier. He has a twin brother, an older brother and older sister. He lives on the Westside of Cincinnati with his wife, Christy, and daughters, Emma and Sophia. He's taken an interest in fiction writing. He is always trying to learn something new in his craft, and has a desire to be constantly learning new things.

Latest from Michael D. Pitman

Cruiser cams, new firearms among changes implemented by Fairfield Twp. police chief
The Fairfield Twp. Police Department has undergone several changes in the past year since Chief Robert Chabali was hired, including hiring a part-time property room clerk, promoting two part-time clerks to full-time, studying the possibility of purchasing in-car cameras and upgraded officers' sidearms. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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The Fairfield Twp. Police Department has undergone several changes in the past year since Chief Robert Chabali was hired, including hiring a part-time property room clerk, promoting two part-time clerks to full-time, studying the possibility of purchasing in-car cameras and upgraded officers' sidearms. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
One of the country’s busiest McDonald’s reopens for business
 Dozens of people were in line just minutes after the Nilles Road McDonald’s reopened late Thursday morning. It had been nearly four months since the original building — built in 1976 — was razed to make way for the new structure, and faithful customers could not wait for the doors to open. “Right now, it’s crazy...

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Dozens of people were in line just minutes after the Nilles Road McDonald’s reopened late Thursday morning. It had been nearly four months since the original building — built in 1976 — was razed to make way for the new structure, and faithful customers could not wait for the doors to open. “Right now, it’s crazy...
Lois Kingsley was ‘walking encyclopedia’ of Fairfield history
 Lois Kingsley made a big difference in the beautification of Fairfield. She was one of the architects of the gardens at the Elisha Morgan Mansion, a member of the Fairfield Historical Society, active with the Four Seasons Garden Club, a contributor to the Friends of Elisha Morgan, and the driving force behind a beautification project at the...

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Lois Kingsley made a big difference in the beautification of Fairfield. She was one of the architects of the gardens at the Elisha Morgan Mansion, a member of the Fairfield Historical Society, active with the Four Seasons Garden Club, a contributor to the Friends of Elisha Morgan, and the driving force behind a beautification project at the...
Fairfield police chief: ‘I certainly never intended to offend or hurt anyone’
 An attorney who reviewed Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard’s use of a slur that describes a gay man said he was more concerned about that statement than a pair of “immature” acts in which Maynard, as a young officer, exposed himself, according to a report first obtained by the Journal-News. In December 2017, City Manager...

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An attorney who reviewed Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard’s use of a slur that describes a gay man said he was more concerned about that statement than a pair of “immature” acts in which Maynard, as a young officer, exposed himself, according to a report first obtained by the Journal-News. In December 2017, City Manager...
Wes Retherford: Focus is on political priorities as term nears end
 Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford said he knows a March 2017 arrest for drunken driving cost him his chance at being re-elected to a fourth term. The 34-year-old Hamilton Republican lost the May GOP primary election to political newcomer Sara Carruthers, who invested $200,000 of her own money into her campaign. Retherford, who will finish his third...

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Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford said he knows a March 2017 arrest for drunken driving cost him his chance at being re-elected to a fourth term. The 34-year-old Hamilton Republican lost the May GOP primary election to political newcomer Sara Carruthers, who invested $200,000 of her own money into her campaign. Retherford, who will finish his third...
Tired of missing out on state funds, Fairfield considers hiring lobbyist
 The city of Fairfield may soon have a lobbying firm to help secure state funding for future projects. City Council heard from Cincinnati-based DSD Advisors last week about how they can help improve the quality of life for the city. “We’ve been talking about it for a while,” said City Manager Mark Wendling. “I&rsquo...

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The city of Fairfield may soon have a lobbying firm to help secure state funding for future projects. City Council heard from Cincinnati-based DSD Advisors last week about how they can help improve the quality of life for the city. “We’ve been talking about it for a while,” said City Manager Mark Wendling. “I&rsquo...
Wes Retherford: Focus is on political priorities as term nears end
Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, walks out of court after being sentenced on operating a vehicle while impaired. He was arrested on March 12 in Liberty Twp. after he was found passed out in a pickup truck parked idling in a McDonald s drive-thru. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, walks out of court after being sentenced on operating a vehicle while impaired. He was arrested on March 12 in Liberty Twp. after he was found passed out in a pickup truck parked idling in a McDonald s drive-thru. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
Fairfield residents can weigh in on plan to guide future development
 By this time next year, Fairfield will have a planning document to guide the city far into the future. Cincinnati-based Jacobs Engineering Group was contracted in May by Fairfield City Council to develop an updated comprehensive plan the city is calling “Fairfield Forward.” FAIRFIELD NEWS: Annexation furthers city’s plans...

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By this time next year, Fairfield will have a planning document to guide the city far into the future. Cincinnati-based Jacobs Engineering Group was contracted in May by Fairfield City Council to develop an updated comprehensive plan the city is calling “Fairfield Forward.” FAIRFIELD NEWS: Annexation furthers city’s plans...
Fairfield, West Chester formalize automatic mutual aid agreement
 The city of Fairfield has entered into an automatic mutual aid agreement with West Chester Twp., something the township has been working to forge with its adjoining neighbors. But the concept of the automatic response is “nothing new” for the Fairfield Fire Department, said Chief Don Bennett. MORE: Butler County fire departments...

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The city of Fairfield has entered into an automatic mutual aid agreement with West Chester Twp., something the township has been working to forge with its adjoining neighbors. But the concept of the automatic response is “nothing new” for the Fairfield Fire Department, said Chief Don Bennett. MORE: Butler County fire departments...
Fairfield’s new assistant city manager ‘excited’ to work for the city
 Fairfield’s new assistant city manager will begin a new job in a new city with a new baby boy when he starts in September. Daniel Wendt, 33, of Norwalk, Ohio, was picked out of 124 people seeking the job. He was one of a handful of candidates who were interviewed by City Manager Mark Wendling. FAIRFIELD NEWS: Jungle Jim’s focuses...

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Fairfield’s new assistant city manager will begin a new job in a new city with a new baby boy when he starts in September. Daniel Wendt, 33, of Norwalk, Ohio, was picked out of 124 people seeking the job. He was one of a handful of candidates who were interviewed by City Manager Mark Wendling. FAIRFIELD NEWS: Jungle Jim’s focuses...
Annexation furthers Fairfield’s plans for land along Great Miami River
 Another Butler County community is taking steps to get more recreational use — including a possible campground area — out of land along the Great Miami River. MORE: A Fairfield goal for 2018: Add a new dog park to well-known Black Bottom The city of Fairfield will annex nearly 28 acres of Fairfield Twp. land commonly referenced...

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Another Butler County community is taking steps to get more recreational use — including a possible campground area — out of land along the Great Miami River. MORE: A Fairfield goal for 2018: Add a new dog park to well-known Black Bottom The city of Fairfield will annex nearly 28 acres of Fairfield Twp. land commonly referenced...