Judge appoints youngest Butler County veterans board member

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By Denise G. Callahan

A Butler County judge has appointed likely the youngest commissioner ever on the veterans board, a Desert Storm vet from the Disabled American Veterans post in Hamilton.

Judge Noah Powers interviewed three DAV members to replace Ken Smith, who is retiring after 15 years on the board, and chose 47-year-old David Reed. The judge said all three men were strong candidates but age was one factor in his decision-making process, because the board that has traditionally been an older group.

“Having somebody younger who can reflect the needs of the younger people I thought was important,” Powers said. “But I had a great group of candidates, I really did. I was really thrilled with all of them, but David kind of stood out.”

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