Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula assumed the mantle Monday as the president of the three-member board of commissioners.

Stark County commissioners

Monday meeting

KEY ACTION: Appointed Commissioner Richard Regula as board president and Bill Smith as vice president for 2019 and re-appointed the three commissioners to serve on other boards and committees.

DISCUSSION: Elected members of boards routinely rotate the presidents' position at the start of each year. The president usually chairs the meetings and serves as a representative. Commissioner Creighton was the board president in 2018.

Regula, who last served as board president during his prior stint as commissioner in 2005, joked that Creighton seemed a bit hesitant to give up the gavel. Creighton said her vote would still count the same as Regula's, and she wasn't giving up her crown, referring to the Burger King paper crown that commissioners keep in the office as a gag prop.

The two swapped chairs, moving nameplates, and Creighton handed Regula the gavel, as Chris Nichols, the county's budget director, played "Hail to the Chief" on his phone. "A peaceful transfer of power. That's what makes us great," said Michael Kimble, commissioners' director of human resources.


Kimble proposed the office issue a request for proposals from employee benefit consultants who could perform many of the functions of the current commissioners' employee who oversees employee benefits. That person is expected to retire later in the year. Kimble hopes that an agreement with a consultant could be finalized.
The Stark County Regional Planning Commission will make a presentation about Community Development Block Grants for the current funding cycle on 10 a.m. Feb. 25.
Representatives of the Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery board will make a presentation about placing on the May primary ballot a 10-year, one-mill levy renewal.
Brant Luther, the Stark County administrator, briefed commissioners on capital projects. He said the final inspection of the roof replacement of the Midtown Building on Third Street SE that serves as offices for Stark County Department of Job and Family Services is expected to be done this week. Completion was delayed weeks due to rain in December. Paving for the Stark County Sheriff's parking lot is expected to go out to bid soon.

MEETS NEXT: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for regular weekly board meeting in commissioners' board room on second floor of Stark County Office Building in Central Plaza in Canton.

- Robert Wang