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Seneca County Commissioners finalize committee assignments and re-organize for 2022




Tiffin, Ohio — The Seneca County Board of Commissioners appointed a new board president and vice-chair for 2022 during Thursday’s reorganization meeting.

Commissioner Anthony Paradiso was elected as board president for the year, while Commissioner Tyler Shuff was chosen as vice-chair. Former Board President Mike Kerschner stepped down from a leadership position on the board as he enters the final year of his second term in office. At the end of 2022, Kerschner will have served eight years as a commissioner.

Paradiso, who entered office in July of 2019, thanked Kerschner for his time serving as board president.

“I want to recognize Commissioner Kerschner and thank him for his leadership,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot together and I just appreciate your consistency and leadership.”

Also during the session, the board finalized committee assignments for the year. Most of the committee and board assignments are the same as last year, but Shuff is to move to the Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership Board.

For a full list of the commissioners’ committee assignments, click this link.

In other action, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership President and CEO David Zak introduced the organization’s newest employee, Adam Gillmor.

Zak said he is excited to add another young, smart and talented person to the staff at TSEP. Gillmor, who is replacing Audrey Flood, is to serve as a development coordinator who will focus on facilitating community, entrepreneurship and rural development.

Gillmor said he is “excited” to be in Seneca County, where he has deep family ties.

“I grew up in central Ohio but I have deep roots here,” he said. “Those deep roots brought me back here.”

Gillmor’s father, Paul E. Gillmor, was a member of Congress from 1989-2007. His mother, Karen, also served in the Ohio Senate.

Gillmor graduated in 2019 from the College of Wooster with a degree in political science. Gillmor has worked for Ohio Senators Bill Reineke and Dave Burke, assisting with constituent outreach and relations, policy research and legislation and communications. Previously, Gillmor was Assistant Coordinator for Opioid Communications for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, working with OSU Extension and mental health centers statewide in that role.

“At TSEP, we are looking for smart, talented people with drive and a strong work ethic, who care about our community and want to make a difference,” Zak said. “Adam is indeed such a person, and we’re fortunate to have him take on and learn this critical position. He’s a great addition to the team.”

During new business, the board approved:

  • A contract service agreement with Crawford County Board of Commissioners for the receipt, custody and care of Crawford County juveniles on behalf of the county youth center for 2022.
  • A contract with Seneca County Family and Children First Council on behalf of the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services, effective Sept. 1. 2021.
  • Designating the board appointments for the commissioners in 2022.
  • Establishing the ability to dispose of unneeded, obsolete or unfit county property by means of online internet auction as an alternative to public auction or sealed bid and charging county department administrators or directors with disposal management oversight; retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022.
  • The reorganization of the board for 2022.
  • Authorizing the Seneca County Engineer to hold an annual meeting of county and township authorities.
  • The expenditure of funds for supplies for times of snow removal, emergencies, and meetings held by the county engineer.
  • Authorizing the county engineer to use the “force account” pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code Section 5543.19; for the year 2022 in the matter of routine maintenance of equipment and yard facilities, and such emergency work as necessary.
  • Authorizing the county engineer to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission STATE Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to execute contracts as required for Issue 1 – Round 37 for the county.
  • Designating Mark R. Zimmerman as the authorized agent to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program.

In addition, the commissioners approved a $50,000 note payment for the Seneca County Justice Center. They also approved the appointment of Michelle Smith to the Seneca County Opportunity Center Board of Developmental Disabilities, replacing Sandy Hallett and authorized amendments to the General and non-General Fund budgets. Even with the amendments, the 2022 budget remains balanced.

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