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Colleen Swedyk takes leap from county recorder to commissioner

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MEDINA — Incoming Medina County Commissioner Colleen Swedyk, sworn in Dec. 14, said she has big shoes to fill.

The Medina County recorder takes office Tuesday and her first official meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Swedyk, 54, is replacing Adam Friedrick, who is stepping aside after finishing his second four-year term Dec. 31.

“These are huge shoes to fill,” she said. “I understand that. He was awesome. He was really, really good. We were lucky to have him.”

Swedyk was sworn in, along with state Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, by Medina County Probate and Juvenile Judge Kevin Dunn in the recorder’s office.

She said it was low key with little pomp and circumstances. She was busy Friday cleaning out her office at the Medina County Administration Building. Swedyk can’t wait to sit on the board of commissioners.

“I’ve been in this office for 12 years,” she said. “I’ve been boxing things up and taking them to Adam’s old office.”

Swedyk will be replaced on an interim basis — about 10 days — by Chief Deputy Recorder Linda Bauer. She will be sworn in at the commissioners’ meeting Wednesday.

The Republican Central Committee will appoint Swedyk’s permanent replacement at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina.

“They will vote in my replacement,” she said.

After winning the election Nov. 6, it’s been a long wait.

“I’m super excited to get started,” Swedyk said. “Everything has been on hold for six or seven weeks.”

She defeated Seville Mayor Carol Carter in the general election with 45,211 votes to 28,160, according the Medina County Board of Elections. She received 61.2 percent of the votes, compared with Carter’s 38.2 percent.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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