Smith retires from county elections board

By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick


Clarence R. Smith Jr. retired as a member of the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

Smith of Boardman, a former 12-year county Republican chairman, announced Monday that he was leaving the board, effective immediately, after serving 15 years on it.

“He’s truly had an impressive impact on the community, and his service on the board will be missed,” said Mark Munroe, the elections board chairman and county GOP chairman.

Smith, appointed to the board in 1998, has considered retiring in the past couple of years, but wanted to stay through the presidential election.

“He has mixed feelings about stepping down, but he feels he has made a positive contribution to the board,” Munroe said.

The county Republican Party’s executive committee will recommend a replacement for Smith at its Jan. 19 meeting.

The committee won’t take applications for the position before the meeting.

Nominations will be made by executive committee members on the floor during that meeting, Munroe said.

The person recommended by the executive committee must be confirmed by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican.

The job pays about $15,000 annually with full health-care benefits.

Smith retired as county Republican chairman in June 2010 after 12 years as party head.

Smith also retired that year from managing Diamond Steel Construction Co., his family business. He also is a prominent philanthropist.

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