MEDINA — State Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, announced the appointment of Kimberly Marshall on Thursday to the Ohio Public Works Commission.
Marshall, director of Economic Development for the city of Medina, will be one of seven voting members on the 12-person statewide commission.
The Public Works Commission provides financing for local public infrastructure improvements through two programs.
The state capital program is a grant/loan program for roads, bridges, water supply, wastewater treatment, storm water collection and solid waste disposal projects. Local transportation is a grant program for road and bridge projects only.
Medina often has projects funded through the Public Works Commission. Having Marshall on the commission won’t affect the state’s funding decisions for the city, she said.
Marshall, who has worked for the city for seven years, said she was surprised by the appointment.
“I was honored that I was chosen to serve on this commission,” she said.
Obhof said in a statement that “Kimberly is a dedicated public servant whose understanding of local infrastructure needs will be an asset to the Public Works Commission as (it works) to keep Ohio’s roads, bridges and waterways functional and safe.”
When she was asked about coming aboard, Marshall said she first asked about the time commitment of the appointment. The Public Works Commission meets four times a year in Columbus, so there would also be some travel time.
“It would be an advisory role to the director (Michael Miller),” she said.
Marshall said Miller will drive to Medina in the next week to brief her on the job requirements.
“It’s a great opportunity,” she said.
As Senate president, Obhof can make two appointments to the commission.
“He can pick who he wants to appoint to that,” Marshall said. “He must have thought about me.”
The three-year term will expire Dec. 31, 2020. There is no pay for being on the commission.
“It’s part of your public service,” Marshall said. “Public infrastructure is important to economic development. It provides financing for several projects (around the state).”
Marshall has over 25 years of public service experience at the federal, state and local levels. She recently received the Best Public Leader in Revitalization Award from Heritage Ohio.
Her public service career also includes working for the state of Ohio as a specialist in unemployment, workforce and business services, and at the federal level with the Department of Defense in procurement and contract compliance.
An active member of her community, she serves on the boards of Main Street Medina and The Children’s Center of Medina County.