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Lake County, Ohio - Commissioners



Commissioner Vice President
Ron Young
  Commissioner President 
John R. Hamercheck


Budget Hearings: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Chagrin River Conference Room, 3rd Floor of the new Administration Building

Veteran's Services - 11:00 a.m.

Juvenile Court - 2:30 p.m.

If you wish to attend in person please contact the Clerk at 440-350-2751.


Updated November 20, 2020 - Lake County Building Public Visitors Guidelines


Commissioner Meetings Accessible Online - Watch the meetings Live. Typically on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Please check the Public Meeting Schedule for confirmation.


The Board of County Commissioner meetings will be accessible to the public via the YouTube channel Board will continue to monitor state and federal public health guidance while evaluating the timing to reopen the meetings to the general public.


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.   


2020 General Fund Budget

2020 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 2021

2021 Holidays for Which County Offices Are Closed
  • First day of January (Friday, January 1, 2021
  • Third Monday in January (January 18), Martin Luther King Day
  • Third Monday in February (February 15), Presidents Day
  • Last Monday in May (May 31), Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July (Monday, July 5), Independence Day observed
  • First Monday in September (September 6), Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October (October 11), Columbus Day
  • Eleventh day of November (Thursday, November 11), Veterans' Day
  • Fourth Thursday in November (November 25), Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day (November 26)
  • Twenty-fifth day of December (Friday, December 24) , Christmas Day observed


Commissioners Meeting Videos

January 7, 2021 Organizational Meeting

January 7, 2021 Regular Meeting

January 14, 2021 Regular Meeting

January 19, 2021 Regular Meeting

    2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act and the effort to create equal housing opportunities for all people is encouraged at every level of the government. Lake County accords residents with an enhanced quality of life through the development of opportunities in housing, employment, education and services by the implementation of plans to assure all people are afforded their rights. 
    Please click here to view the resolution adopted by the Commissioners during the April 11, 2018 Meeting to Marian Norman, HOME Program Manager and Patricia Kidd, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. WWW.FHRC.ORG   

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    The Lake County Commissioners declared during the April 5, 2018 Commissioners Meeting  National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. A number of dedicated telecommunicators serve the citizens of Lake County on a daily basis by answering their telephone calls for police, fire and emergency medical services. Public Safety Telecommunicators are the single vital link for our police offices and firefighters by monitoring their activities, providing information and insuring their safety. A resolution was presented to Captain Mike Warner, Administrator Central Communications in the Lake County Sheriff's Office.  To view the resolution please click here. 

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    The Board of Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 2-6, 2018, National Community Development Week in Lake County. This week was designated as National Community Development Week by the  National Community Development Association in celebration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.   In keeping with the local funding cycle, Lake County joins in calling attention to the great strides the programs have accomplished in our area.

    Over the past five years FY13-FY17, Lake County has received a total of $6,261,397.00 in CDBG funds and $1,786,808.00 in HOME funds.

    The CDBG and HOME activities listed below represent only a fraction of the successfully implemented programs that contribute to making Lake County a great place to live, work and conduct business;

                    CDBG – Economic Development Programs and Projects, Public Services, Public Facilities, Housing   Programs and Projects, and Infrastructure Improvements


                    HOME – Development/Rehabilitation of Homeownership and Rental Opportunities for eligible households, Tenant Based Rental Assistance in the form of placement costs and limited subsidy
    Please click here to view the resolution in its entirety.

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    During the March 29, 2018, the Lake County Board of Commissioners presented Lake County ADAMHS Board Executive Director, Kim Fraser, with a resolution recognizing the week of April 9-13, 2018 Appreciation for the work of the ADAMHS Board. The ADAMHS Board nurtures and reinforces county and community efforts preventing and treating addiction including opioids, educates youth and adults about addiction and recovery, promotes family building and workforce development. Please click here to view the entire resolution.

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    Lake County Children Services Division responded to 2,516 calls regarding children and their families in 2018. Children Services worked with over 1,000 children  and provided a safe environment for more than 100 children who were unable to in their family home. A resolution was presented to Lori O'Brien, Children Services Administrator, and Matthew Battiato, Executive Director of the Lake County Job & Family Services Department. Please click here to view the entire resolution.

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    During the March 22, 2018, Commissioners Meeting the Board of Lake County Commissioners recognized the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood  for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Chris Bundy of the Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood, Lani Engle and Michael Sukalac medalist in the Austrian Dance Competition,  and State Bocce Champion Madalyn Nolan were present to accept the resolution.
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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners honored the 4-H Club members and Nancy Kochevar, one of the founders of the shooting club, with a certificate of recognition for their success at Nationals and for their continued growth and innovation. The recognition took place during the July 6, 2017 Commissioners Meeting.

    Nancy Kochevar, Chris Kochevar and Randy Brewster started a shooting sports club, Young Guns in our county in 2013.  This was a vision the 3 had and they executed it.

    In these 4 short years the club grew from 7 members to almost 60 members (which they had to cap as a result of a long waiting list).  Their first year the club was able to send youth to nationals, not 1 youth, but 4 youth were eligible in 2015.  They have had returning members in 2016 and this year they sent 8 youth to nationals. One youth from the club placed and took stage at nationals. This same youth is now taking what he learned from this club and is starting a shooting sport club up by him at college.  His goal is to help teach youth and college mates the importance of firearm safety, what he learned from being in the Young Guns.

    They have increased the amount of advisors in their club from them (the founding 3) to 11, and have had these advisors trained in their perspective disciplines. As a result of that they now are able to offer archery, pistol, rifle, air pistol, steel rifle, steel pistol, shotgun, and muzzle loading. Youth members are taking multiple disciplines to expand their knowledge of firearms, because of this. The Young Guns, club under these 3 advisors supervision, completed service projects where they  helped build a range at one of our metro parks, they also helped boots and saddle (where they meet and practice) expand and build a range. The club has successfully held fund-raisers every year, car washes, and a  turkey shoot (which is their biggest fund-raiser). They have also obtained many sponsors and grants.  With these funds obtained they have been able to purchase or have donated for the club, bows, rifles, pistols, ammunition, travel expenses for the Ohio team to travel to nationals, range time, a facility as well as a shooting trailer. 

    The impact of this innovative activity is that Lake County now has a very active and successful shooting sports club.  Young Guns is our fastest growing club in Lake County.  They have been able in these 3 years to obtain resources and materials so  Lake County youth can have the opportunity to be learning  about shooting sports in a safe and successful manner.

    The club has and continues to look at how they can expand with their ongoing fundraising and recruitment of donors, which assists the club in accommodating the rapid growth.  This vision and planning has assisted the club in being so successful.

    They have been a great addition to our 4-H program and have brought a heighten awareness to shooting sports and the Lake County's 4-H program. Nancy, Chris and Randy have been huge innovators for the shooting sports program in Lake County and nationally. They have done a great deal in just 4 short years with plans to continue to grow in the future!   

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    The Board of Lake County Commissioners approved a resolution during the June 22, 2017 meeting, to place an issue on the November 7 ballot. The issue seeks to renew the existing 0.5 mills senior services levy and add 0.3 mills to help address the increased need for senior services.
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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2017 as Foster Parent Recognition Month during the May 4, 2017 Commissioners Meeting. A resolution was presented to  Mr. Gene Tetrick, Supervisor of the Substitute Care Unit in Children Services, Ms. Lori O'Brien, Administrator of the Children Services Division and Mr. Matt Battiato, Director of the Lake County Job and Family Services Department. Foster families are a fundamental part of providing constant nurturing  and support to children and families who need time to heal and put their lives back together. Citizens are encouraged to demonstrate their respect and gratitude for foster parents who unselfishly share their lives. For more information on how to become a Foster Parent please click here.  To view the resolution please click here.

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    Out of over 900 students from 24 schools in Lake County, the Board of Commissioners presented the awards for this year's Clean & Green Poster Contest Winners during the April 25, 2017 Commissioners Meeting.
    From the left: Commissioner Jerry Cirino, Middle School Winner Autumn Farrar from Willoughby Middle School, Commissioner Daniel Troy, Elementary and Overall Winner Kaitlyn Valentic from All Saints, High School Winner Lindsey Rich of Lake Catholic and Commissioner John Hamercheck. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Clean and Green Lake County Poster Contest!

    Here is the overall winning logo!

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