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Lake County, Ohio - Commissioners



Commissioner Vice President
Ron Young
  Commissioner President 
John R. Hamercheck
Jerry C. Cirino

The Board of Lake County Commissioners has both quasi-legislative and quasi-administrative powers and through resolutions adopted during their regular weekly meeting, sets the administrative policy for county government. While the Commissioners have no power to initiate legislation, they do exercise powers granted to them by the Ohio General Assembly through state law.


The Commissioners are responsible for the appropriations of the county tax revenues through the adoption of the annual county budget. The County operates on a January 1 through December 31 fiscal year and must adopt the final budget no later than April 1 of each year. The budget includes appropriations for the numerous county offices, including those offices headed by other elected officials. The Commissioners have the power to levy taxes and to approve the placement of tax levies and bond issues on the ballot for consideration by county voters. The Commissioners also administer all federal grant monies.

The Commissioners hold title to all county owned property and are responsible for the upkeep. By law, they must provide office space for all county offices. They must build the facilities necessary to house various offices such as the Courtrooms, the Jail, Engineer's facilities and parking. The Commissioners award all contracts for purchase and construction projects.   


2019 General Fund Budget

2019 Outside the General Fund Budget


Beginning, Friday, September 20, 2019, the Lake County Commissioner's Office has moved to the new Administration Center located adjacent to the Painesville United Methodist Church. The address is 105 Main Street, 5th Floor, Suite 513, Painesville, Ohio  44077. For more information please call 440-350-2745.



Boards & Commissions Expiring in 2019

Boards & Commissions Expiring in 2020

2020 Holidays for Which County Offices Are Closed
  • First day of January (Wednesday, January 1, 2020)
  • Third Monday in January (January 20), Martin Luther King Day
  • Third Monday in February (February 17), Presidents Day
  • Last Monday in May (May 25), Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July (Friday, July 3), Independence Day observed
  • First Monday in September (September 7), Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October (October 12), Columbus Day
  • Eleventh day of November (Wednesday, November 11), Veterans' Day 
  • Fourth Thursday in November (November 26), Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day (November 27)
  • Twenty-fifth day of December (Friday, December 25) , Christmas Day








    Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be Conducted on October 3, 2018


    DATE: October 1, 2018

    CONTACT: Kelly McGuire, Public Affairs 

    Phone 614-794-0908, Cell 614-206-1162

    Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert Test This Wednesday

    Citizens to Receive "Presidential Alert" Test Message on Wireless Devices 

    COLUMBUS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) this Wednesday, October 3, 2018 beginning at 2:18 p.m. The test will evaluate the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

    The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. It allows customers whose wireless provider participates in WEA and who own a WEA compatible wireless phone to receive geo-targeted alerts of imminent threats to safety in their area through unique tones and vibration. The national WEA test will use the same tone and vibration. The test message will display "Presidential Alert" and read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

    The WEA test will be sent through the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), as part of the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure that automatically authenticates alerts. The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster.

    "Because this is the first national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert capability, we want to make sure residents know this is only a test and not to be alarmed when they receive a "Presidential Alert" on their cell phones," said Jeffrey J. Young, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. 

    The EAS test will take place at 2:20 p.m. and is only available to EAS participants (e.g., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers). The test message will last approximately one minute and be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.

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    Lake County, Ohio residents wil soon begin to see much-needed improvements to roads under the jurisdiction of the Lake County Engineer. The Board approved an accelerated two and a half year road improvement program. To facilitate this aggressive program, the Board will consider bond financing strategies with existing revenues and a new $5 motor vehicle license fee. 

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    We congratulate the 2018 Broadmoor School graduates Thomas Grilly and Gabrielle Layton. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. 

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    During the May 17, 2018 Commissioners Meeting the Board accepted an Above & Beyond Award from United Way of Lake County on behalf of all the citizens, businesses and organizations in Lake County because they all went above and beyone during this year's Feed Lake County Campaign. This year the campaign brought in 75,277 lbs of food and $40,000. This will provide 220,000 meals for residents in need. Jodi Matsko and Jean Sency from United Way of Lake County presented the award to the Commissioners.


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    Out of over 350 students from 17 schools in Lake County, the Board of Lake County Commissioners presented the awards for this year's Clean & Green Poster Contest Winners during the April 26, 2018 Commissioners Meeting. Congratulations!

    The High School and Overall Winner is Leah Stone from North High School in Eastlake.

    The Elementary School Division Winner is Jade Omerza-Wells from Grant Elementary School in Willoughby.

    The Middle School Division Winner is Gianna Cesari from Ridge Middle School in Mentor.

    Here is the overall winning logo!



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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2018 Foster Parent Recognition Month in Lake County. There are 46 foster parents who have opened their hearts and their homes to children going through a very difficult time in their lives. Citizens are encouraged to demonstrate their respect and gratitude for foster parents who unselfishly share their lives and provide safe and loving homes for Lake Coiunty's children. A resolution was presented to Gene Tetrick, Supervisor of Lake County Job & Family Services Foster Care and Adoption Team.

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    During the month of May, Lake County recognizes 58,000 senior residents who contribute so richly to our community and celebrates the many ways in which these older adults make a difference in our County. Mr. Joseph Tomsick, Chief Executive Director of the Lake County Council on Aging, and Ms. Chris Yano, Fairport Harbor Senior Center Director, were presented with a resolution Proclaming May 2018 Older Americans Month in Lake County, Ohio.

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    During the April 26, 2018, Commissioners Meeting, Project Hope for the Homeless was celebrated on their 25th Anniversary. Project Hope Executive Director Judy Burr was presented with a certificate of appreication for their service to the community.  Project Hope for the Homeless was born and has grown from a temporary, seasonal shelter to a year-round program in a permanent, expanded location offering comprehensive programs that have made a tremendous impact to the lives of members in our community. Project Hope for the Homeless not only provides emergency shelter, but also care and guidance to individuals and families seeking independence, and they continue to expand in order to meet the County’s changing needs.

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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners presented Dan Donaldson, Director of the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, with a resolution recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio Scenic Rivers Act. On February 28, 1968, Ohio became a pioneer in the river preservation movement with the passage of the Ohio Scenic Rivers Act, the first scenic rivers act in the nation, which created a program to preserve and protect rivers throughout the State of Ohio.  In Lake County, the Grand River and Chagrin River were both designated as State Scenic Rivers in the 1970's. 
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