MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack plans to seek re-election this year.
He said Tuesday it could be his last four-year term as auditor.
“I just turned 56 (Monday),” Kovack said. “If I were to win, that would make me 61. That’s getting about time to hang it up.”
Kovack said he’d likely file his petitions by next week.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no one had filed to run against him in the May 8 Democratic primary, and no Republicans had yet filed either to run for auditor, a Medina County Board of Elections spokeswoman said.
The deadline to file is Feb. 7.
Kovack, of Medina, has been auditor for 25 years. He previously served as a Wadsworth City Councilman and retired as a U.S. Navy Commander in 2014 after 28 years of service.
He holds a master’s in public finance from the University of Akron and undergraduate degrees from Bowling Green State University.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to continue serving the residents of Medina County,” Kovack said in a statement. “While many people talk about being frugal with tax dollars, my office has produced actual results. My office spent less money last year than was spent the year before I took over in 1993. During that same time frame county general expenditures have more than doubled.
“We consistently rank in the top tier of statistics among auditor’s offices in the state. We have 24 straight years of clean audits from the state auditor and
24 straight years of accounting excellence awards from the Government Finance Officers Association.
“Additionally, our customer service is second to none. We actually received international recognition for our innovative programs and services in 2016.”
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