Jeff Long

Maintenance Supervisor


You might know this guy, because everyone else seems to. As the leader of the maintenance team, Jeff not only brings many years of construction, maintenance, and heavy equipment experience to the park district table, but also of mentoring the youth of Ross County in rehabilitation services and as a Little League baseball coach. (Not to mention raising his own tribe of kids and grand kids with his wife of 32 years...Brenda Kay.) If you see a guy at the top of a telephone pole or behind the wheel of a dozer at our parks and preserves, it's probably Jeff, so give him a wave and steal his cup of coffee before he can get down.

In Loving Memory

Myranda Vance

Administrative Coordinator

Outdoor Educator

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Myranda was raised in a small town in eastern Kentucky where she learned the value of faith, family, friends and southern hospitality. After graduating from Berea College in 1997, she moved to southern Ohio and set about building a life based on those principles. Twenty years later, she’s still here, raising her two children, Matty and Boone, in the warm embrace of the Chillicothe community. As the Park District’s Outdoor Educator, Myranda utilizes her passion for people (especially little ones!) and the outdoors to create programs and events that give folks an opportunity to get outside—to explore, play, learn and enjoy the natural world around them! Keep an eye on the Kid’s Nature Zone facebook page to see what she’s up to and to find out how you can be involved! And if you run into her in town or at one of the parks, only stop to talk if you have a minute, because she’s pretty chatty (have you heard about her passion for people??)!

Joe Letsche


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A naturalist by vocation, Joe hails from the small Southern Ohio town of South Point. Joe began with the Park District in 2014, serving as the Nature Preserves Manager until stepping into the shoes of retired Director Gary Merkamp in 2016. Joe studied psychology at Ohio University for a few years before heading off on a many year journey into all places wild. He has previously served as a naturalist and wildlife tracking instructor for Ohio State Parks, Hocking College, Coyote Trails School of Nature, and other venues, and a field biologist for survey and mitigation projects in herpetology (reptiles and amphibians).  Joe’s goal for the Ross County Park District is to “…not only conserve and protect the wonderful natural and ecological features of our area, but also to provide the structure and facilities for the best possible outdoor experience for the citizens of Ross County.”  

“Perhaps the truth depends upon a walk around the lake.” –Wallace Stevens

Joe Bost

Part-time Maintenance Staff

Historical Interpreter

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Mr. Bost is a coach, an educator, an outdoorsman, and an Air Force Veteran.  He’s also the hardest working retiree we know!  For over a decade, he served as a Forest Officer with the Scioto Trail State Forest and brings a wealth of knowledge from those experiences.   As an enthusiast of the Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve, Mr. Bost has volunteered countless hours maintaining the Preserve. So many hours, in fact, that he was hired as an employee!  He maintains trails, engages visitors, and ensures that the land is pristine for all to enjoy.  When he’s not working with the Park District, substitute teaching, or volunteering at the Adena Mansion, Mr. Bost can be found spending time with and enjoying his large extended family...often on a trail somewhere.

Ross County Park District  15 N. Paint Street  Suite 301  Chillicothe, Ohio  45601     740.773.8794

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Park District Commissioners: Jim Doersam, Tom White, and Michael Benson.