|Education||Youngstown Ursuline High School, 1987 Georgetown University -- B.S. in Foreign Service, 1991 Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D. 1996 CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs, M.P.A. 1996|
|Employer||Roth Blair Roberts Strasfeld & Lodge
100 E. Federal St, 6th Floor
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
|Family||Virginia -- wife
Cara and Casey -- daughters
|Family in office?||None|
|Reasons for running||Continued desire to remain in public service; as a long-time City resident, had a desire to run for mayor in 2004 but decided to wait based on a crowded field of candidates; see a great need for experienced leader to serve as Mayor. The next 4-8 years are hugely important for the City's ability to continue its positive public momentum, but also to realize that the City has much work still to do in its neighborhoods and in the main arteries of the City.|
|Priorities||1. Safety -- expansion of CIRV program, restructure demolition and housing inspection programs, help to create a county-wide re-entry program for released felons in the community; support continued delivery of mental health services and drug court program.
2. Economic opportunity -- create Office of Small Business Economic Development to focus on neighborhood economic development; push Mahoning County Land Bank to assist with development of main arteries of each ward and encourage large parcel arrangements for future development; recognize need to focus on areas/neighborhoods that can be redeveloped/saved in the most cost-efficient manner; create Mayor's Business Roundtable for regular meetings with small and large business interests to encourage dialogue between City (council and mayor and the private sector).
3. Collaboration -- work with Mahoning County Auditor/IT department to establish online One-Stop permitting process; encourage relocation of County Building Inspection department and Planning Commission to County Admin. Building; create YoungSTAT program to provide performance measures for the delivery of City services; meet with individual City residents at monthly "5 Minutes with the Mayor" (evening meetings at the Mayor's office); encourage further development of the "Power of the Arts" as an economic engine for downtown Youngstown; get serious about the consolidation of county 911 operations.
|Qualifications||Strong education background, past experience as Asst Law Director and Law Director for the City of Youngstown (1998-2004), eight years as County Commissioner, with last two years as President of the Board of County Commissioners, effectively served as County Administrator during these last two years, overseeing the budgeting for a general fund budget of approx, $55 million; strong experience hiring qualified department heads, negotiating labor contracts and dealing with personnel/discipline issues|