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Medina County hires building official, public defender


MEDINA — Medina County has hired a new chief building official and the public defender’s office has a new attorney.

New building official

Christopher Randles — zoning, housing and residential building commissioner for Fairlawn — will start his new job March 12.

Randles, who was hired Tuesday, will be paid $43.27 an hour.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team that is in place now and ensuring that all the structures built in the county under our jurisdiction are constructed properly and free from hazards,” the Wadsworth resident said in an email.

“I also look forward to working with all the communities that we provide service to and working with the builders and developers that do great things in the county. I want to thank the county commissioners for giving me this opportunity.”

At least six people applied for the job, county Administrator Scott Miller said.

“It will be a good fit,” Miller said of Randles, who will oversee 15 full- and part-time employees in the building department.

The county’s former building official for 11 years, Charles Huber, resigned at the end of 2017.

Richard Nelson has been serving as interim chief building official.

New public defender

Jocelyn Stefancin, chief public defender, said at Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting that Kimberly Stout-Sherrer has been hired to replace Timothy Lutz, who resigned last month.

Stefancin said Stout-Sherrer started Feb. 5, and is assigned to the Wadsworth docket, working in Wadsworth Municipal Court for Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine.

However, she will cover vacations and illnesses in common pleas court because of her experience.

Stout-Sherrer, of Wadsworth, graduated from the Thomas Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University and has been licensed with Ohio since 2007. She previously worked at the Stark County Public Defender’s Office for 10 years where she worked with the municipal and juvenile courts and felony cases in common pleas court.

“Her trial skills, her experience, she’s going to be a real asset to the office,” Stefancin said.

“She has a pleasant, easygoing personality. She’s a joy to work with. Judge McIlvaine is very happy with her. She jumped in full speed ahead and it’s like she’s been here for years.”

Concerning the public defender’s office, Stefancin told commissioners it handled 1,976 cases in 2017 — up from 1,937 in 2016 — in the four courts in which attorneys work — two municipal, juvenile and felony cases in common pleas.

She said the felony cases her office has handled rose from 86 in 2016 to 234 in 2017.

Stefancin attributed the rise to the “continued expansion of our services.”

“Judge (Joyce V.) Kimbler is appointing me all of the probation cases in her courtroom,” she said. “So, a majority of those 234 cases are coming from Judge Kimbler’s docket.”

In other news:

  • The county is looking to hire a part-time bee inspector, at a rate not to exceed $3,000 a year. Commissioner Bill Hutson said bees are trucked up from the south and commercial companies bring them in for pollination services. Hutson said there are no regulations about prevention of diseases. “It doesn’t sound like a big issue, but it is,” he said.
  • County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin received an extension for negotiating with companies for processing and recovery of recyclables, along with the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal solid waste at the former Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township. She is negotiating with Entsorga of Tortona, Italy, and Rumpke Waste and Recycling Systems of Broadview Heights. The companies’ proposals were good for 90 days and were set expire Feb. 18.
  • Commissioners approved a one-year contract with Smith Bros. of Medina Township for yard waste management services at the former CPF. Smith Bros. will be paid about $19.99 per ton for the management, grinding, transportation and composting or recycling of yard waste. For the year, the company will be paid about $130,000.
  • The county plans to issue punch cards to residents who drop off yard waste at the CPF to monitor what’s coming in and who’s bringing it in. For now, it’s free to drop off grass, twigs, branches and brush.
  • Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers will move into the county-owned Professional Building, 120 W. Washington St., Medina. The organization signed a one-year lease — March 1 to Feb. 28, 2019 — for $3,908 a year. Faith in Action is a not-for-profit network of community and faith-based volunteers to meet the needs of people 60 and older who are in need of services.
  • BeWell Solutions has been granted an extension to handle administrative services for the county’s Wellness Program, which encourages healthy lifestyles for employees in an attempt to reduce and control medical costs.
  • Royden T. Schenz has been re-appointed to the Medina County Board of Building Appeals. His term will expire March 5, 2023.
  • Marie Mirro Edmonds (delegate at-large), Sally M. Gardner (township trustees’ representative) and William H. Meyer (Wadsworth representative) have been re-appointed to the Medina County Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Their terms will expire March 31, 2021.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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