There are a lot of family fights going on (i.e. the annexation fights).
But is it a zoo?
Stark County is in the midst of a "fits and starts" modality in which the county moves one step forward and two steps backward; then two steps forward and one step backward.
The problem with this "fits and starts" reality is that Stark County is kind of walking in place, at best.
What Stark County lacks is a visionary leader. The best the county currently has is Commissioner Todd Bosley. But our county needs more than one person.
Who could, if they would - first, cleaning up their act in terms of shedding their ties to parochial interests - to step-up-to-the-plate to help Commissioner Bosley.
Here is the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) list of possibilities:
Randy Gonzales could perhaps be a visionary witness:
* his work-in-progress making 9-1-1 a first-class countywide emergency services unit,
* his overall work in the Stark County Council of Governments [SCOG]
* his work in putting together the Stark County Criminal Justice System (SC-CJIS).
From his overall "what is good for Stark County" perspective he (as Jackson Township fiscal officer) steps back into the world of provincial, parochial interests and actually feeds a mindset counterproductive to his Stark countywide work. By wearing "conflict-in-interest" hats, Gonzales has undermined his ability to be that additional piece to complement Bosley's effort.
Daryl Revoldt of North Canton. Daryl probably is the best government finances and economic development mind in Stark County.
Daryl served has a top aide to former Congressman Ralph Regula. From this perspective, he not only gained a countywide perspective, but also a regional appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of our area.
Little wonder why Bob Taft selected Revoldt to be Regional Director of the Ohio Department of Development office located in Akron.
The Report in particular believes this Revoldt quote to " jumpstart news" (2005) shows that he understands the elements that need to be brought together to make economic development work, to wit:
"What is driving companies to open ... here is a skilled workforce and the lower cost of living," ... "Because of our good transportation grid it's easier for companies to draw employees from several counties, and the lower cost of living in this area means there is less pressure on wages."With all due respect North Canton, The Report believes Revoldt is a potential countywide asset that is wasting away in North Canton city government (he is county council president).
Perhaps the Stark County commissioners should entertain the idea to appoint one of these as Stark County Economic Development Czar?
Or, do you have somebody else in mind?