On June 9th 2004, Sheriff Rodenberg and Chief Deputy Combs received two new Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles from Harley-Davidson Eastgate-Cincinnati, Inc.
The Sheriff’s Office negotiated a lease with Harley-Davidson Eastgate-Cincinnati, Inc. through which they will have exclusive use of the motorcycles for one year at a cost of $1.00 each. Sheriff Rodenberg and Chief Deputy Combs covered this lease payment with a dollar from each of their wallets. The Sheriff thanked Chief Deputy Combs, and the staff at Harley-Davidson Eastgate-Cincinnati, Inc., in particular the owner, Ken Minor, as well as sales representatives Lance Henninger and Steve Brock for formulating the lease agreement. In addition to the motorcycles themselves that are valued at $16,000 each, another $11,000 was needed for equipment for the cycles and for the deputies who will ride them.
Through donations from several individuals, businesses, and military veterans associations this entire amount was received. Thus, the implementation of the motorcycle program did not cost the taxpayers any money nor has the Sheriff’s Office used any of its budgetary appropriations to cover the expenses. Sheriff Rodenberg thanked all who generously donated to this endeavor, and expressed the enthusiasm of his staff and himself for the motorcycle program which will provide another valuable service to the citizens of Clermont County.
On Saturday, July 29th, 2006 Sheriff Rodenberg and Chief Deputy Combs accepted two new Harley Davidson motorcycles for the Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit.