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    Lake County will soon have a new Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director following a Resolution passed by the Commissioners at their November 29th meeting. 

    Joseph Busher Jr. will start work on December 10th and receive training from current EMA Director Larry Greene who is set to retire on January 18th of 2019. The overlap will ensure a seamless transition by allowing time for Busher to become familiar with his new job responsibilities.

    “I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for me to continue my career in public safety. This position gives me the ability to work with all public safety and private agencies collaboratively to prepare, plan for and mitigate against natural or manmade disasters. If an emergency should occur, using the Lake County Emergency Operation Plan to provide for the safety, response, support and recovery of all the citizens and communities of Lake County. It is truly an honor to have been chosen for this position,” said Mr. Busher.

    A resident of Concord Township, Busher has over 35 years in public service, 32 of which were spent with the Mentor Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief.

    “First of all, I want to thank Larry Greene for his outstanding performance as our county’s EMA Director during most of my tenure as Commissioner. He’s leaving some big shoes to be filled, but the Busher family has a long history of public safety service in Lake County, and I am personally confident that Joe’s experience and stellar reputation of dedication to duty will ensure that Lake County’s citizens will continue to be well served and protected from unforeseen emergency situations”, Commissioner Daniel P. Troy stated.

     Greene, who has over 45 years in public safety, worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office before being hired as county EMA Director in October of 2003. He and his family live in Leroy Township.     

    The EMA, among other responsibilities, coordinates disaster response and preparedness for Lake County.  The EMA Director maintains the Emergency Operations Center in readiness and coordinates county programs with other first responders both locally and regionally.


    Dog Licenses Go on Sale in Lake County

    Lake County dog licenses for 2019 go on sale December 1, 2018, according to Edward H. Zupancic, County Auditor.

    Three-year or permanent licenses are available for your dog(s) in addition to the traditional one-year license.

    The registration fee for the one-year license is $20.00; the three-year license is $60.00; and the permanent license is $200.00.

    All dogs who have reached 3 months of age must be licensed.

    The three-year license and the permanent license can only be purchased in Lake County Auditor’s Office and at the Lake County Dog Shelter between December 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. Owners should be aware that these longer-term licenses are not refundable in the event of the death of the animal or if the dog is passed to a new owner.

    If a license is purchased after January 31, 2019, only the one-year license will be available; and the cost will increase to $40.00 per tag.

    The fee for a kennel license is $100.00. If purchased late (after January 31, 2019), the fee will increase to $200.00. The kennel licenses can only be purchased from the Lake County Auditor’s Office and at the Lake County Dog Shelter.

    As a convenience to the public, one year, three year and permanent dog licenses may be purchased online at purchases require an additional fee of $2.50, $4.50 and $11.75 per license, respectively.

    Renewal Applications have been mailed.If you received a renewal application and would like to use this option, the dog owner should mail the appropriate fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Lake County Auditor, 105 Main St. PO Box 490, Painesville, OH 44077-0490. Please make the checks payable to Lorraine Fende, Lake County Treasurer.The owner’s name, address, phone number, and a description of the dog (age, color, breed) must be provided.

    For in-person purchases, licenses are always available without a handling fee during regular operating hours at the Auditor’s Office and the Dog Shelter.

    As in the past, one-year licenses can be purchased at a cost of $20.75 each at any of the agent sites (see attached document) throughout Lake County.

    The agent sites, with the exception of the Auditor’s Office and the Dog Warden, charge an additional $0.75 administrative fee and only sell one year licenses.

     If you have any questions regarding dog licenses you may contact the Lake County Auditor’s Office at 350-2534 or the Lake County Dog Warden at 350-2640.


    Lake County Receives Favorable Audit for 2017

    Lake County received a favorable opinion from the Auditor of State Dave Yost’s Office continuing a record of strong performance in financial management and reporting for the County.

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners received an “unmodified opinion” from the State Auditor following its annual audit of government financial conditions for 2017, the highest rating awarded to a governmental entity.  The report is a testament to the County’s management of operations, practices and fiscal accountability.

    Each year the State Auditor’s Office conducts intensive audits of financial statements of Lake County and randomly selects policies, procedures, contracts, journals and other records for review in order to test compliance with Government Auditing Standards and audit requirements of Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Federal Regulations Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  The County’s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective internal control over compliance with requirements of laws, regulations, contracts and grants applicable to federal programs.  According to the report, no material weaknesses in the measures in place to supervise its operations were identified.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.

    National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Declared for the week of April 9-15, 2017
    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. 

    Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclaimed for April 2017 in Lake County, Ohio
    Lake County Children Services Division responded to 2,558 calls regarding children and their families in 2016. as a result, on any given day, 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 Alison Tomaselli, Assistant Administrator in Children Services. Please click here to view the entire resolution.

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners Proclaim April 4, 2017 Mayor & County Recognition Day for National Service in Lake County

    During the March 30, 2017 Commissioners Meeting a resolution was presented to Ms. Cristen Kane, RSVP Director, in recognition of the RSVP volunteers who have served more than 95 agencies across the county and provided over 62,000 hours of service. Click here to view the resolution.



    The Vietnam Moving Wall is Coming To Lake County September 20-25, 2017
    The Amvets Post 1971, Perry High School and Perry High School Alumni Association are working together in conjunction with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration in an effort to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Perry September 20-25, 2017, to honor those in our communities who have served. For more information please contact the Amvets Post 1971 at 440-259-5528.
    Click here to view the news release.



    The Lake County Board of Commissioners welcomed Joe Tomsick of the Lake County Council on Aging, Spence Kline from Beacon Health, Cristen Kane from RSVP and Silvia Orsulic-Jeras from Benjamin Rose Institute, who discussed their Senior Citizen Collaboration Projects  that were recently awarded via the senior levy. The Council on Aging and Beacon Health teamed up to address in-home behavioral health asessments, and RSVP and BRI partnered on a Music and Memory program for those with dementia. For more information please contact Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas at 440-350-2745 or [email protected]
    RSVP & Benjamin Rose Institute News Release
    Council on Aging & Beacon Health News Release

    From the left: Spence Kline, Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, Commissioner Daniel Troy, Cristen Kane, Joe Tomsick, Commissioner Jerry Cirino and Commissioner Hamercheck.


    Lake County residents can join the Reverse 911 system to receive emergency notifications. This is a substantial leap forward to get critical information to Lake County residents in a timely manner. VESTA Alert uses real-time contact information supplied by Lake County residents via its online Self Registration Portal which can be accessed by logging into For more information please Click here to view the complete news release. 




    Painesville, OH – The Lake County Department of Utilities is pleased to announce its  leadership team of Randy Rothlisberger as Sanitary Engineer, Matt Armand as Director of Business Operations, and Gary Fedak as Director of Technical Operations. They will take charge in leading the Utility Department into the future. Picture: from the left Matt Armand, Randy Rothlisberger and Gary Fedak.  Please click here for the full press release.


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    The Lake County Engineer's Office reminds Lake County residents living on a County-Maintained Road about the Mailbox Policy