June 28, 2016

Mostly clear

County auditor eyes another term

MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack announced Tuesday he will seek re-election to a sixth four-year term.

Kovack, 51, has served as county auditor for two decades and has not been challenged in the past two Democratic primary contests.

Michael Kovack

Mike Kovack

“I certainly do not expect any primary challengers,” he said Tuesday.

Kovack said the next four years will be a critical time in the auditor’s office because of “numerous changes in Ohio law, a re-invigorated local economy and anticipated turnover in critical personnel.

“I believe I’m best suited to successfully guide the auditor’s office through these challenges.”

If re-elected, Kovack plans to overhaul the auditor’s website, smoothly institute new state law changes that recently were passed, and implement transition and progression plans for key offices within the department.

Kovack, who has been auditor since being appointed in 1993, said his office has received 20 consecutive certificates for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the International Government Finance Officers Association and clean state audits.

Kovack also served as a commander in the Navy and served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as a special assignment in 2008 as an executive assistant to the Navy comptroller.

He retired from the Navy last June with 28 years of service.

Kovack is the first candidate to file petitions for the May 6 primary with the Medina County Board of Elections. The deadline for filing is Feb. 5.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.