MCD is a political subdivision under state of Ohio law. MCD operates under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 6101. 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.

The nine judges are from: Shelby, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Butler, Hamilton, Preble, Clark and Greene counties.

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.

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 Rentschler 2013Mark 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, 2023.

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

The Conservancy Court appoints a Board of Appraisers, which determines benefits provided by the flood protection system, the groundwater program, and recreational amenities, and approves the methodology used to determine assessments. The three-member board serves at the pleasure of the Conservancy Court.

  • David K. Galbreath, Realtor, Troy, Ohio
  • Robert Harris, Appraiser, Dayton, Ohio
  • Adam Kranbuhl, Appraiser, Hamilton, Ohio

Board of Directors and Board of Appraisers meetings are open to the public. MCD abides by the state of Ohio’s Sunshine Law and public record laws. 

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