June 27, 2016

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Medina Twp. Trustee Mike Todd resigns over ‘indeterminate absence’

Mike Todd

Mike Todd

Mike Todd, chairman of the Medina Township Board of Trustees, has submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 1.

In an email sent to trustees Monday morning, Todd did not give a specific reason for quitting.

“While I have enjoyed my last nearly nine years as trustee, the indeterminate nature of my absence leads me to make this decision,” he wrote.

“Serving as a trustee has been one of the great experiences of my life,” he wrote. “I am a better man for having been touched by the residents of Medina Township.”

Trustee Ken DeMichael said Todd’s resignation was unexpected.

“It is kind of a surprise,” he said.

DeMichael said he has not been in direct contact with Todd since June 5 — the last time Todd attended a trustee’s meeting.

“The only contact I have had with him is group emails,” he said. “He has responded, basically through the secretary.

“He said that he would miss a couple meetings but didn’t get specific as to why he would miss them.”

Todd could not be reached for comment.

DeMichael said he was not aware of reports that Todd had been in the South Pacific, in the island Republic of Palau earlier this summer.

Todd works full time as an attorney for the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office in the criminal division and also serves on the board of Medina Creative Housing.

DeMichael said he and Trustee Ray Jarrett will have 30 days from the point of Todd’s resignation to appoint a new trustee.

“I am hopeful that Ray and I can fill the position within those 30 days,” he said.

DeMichael will take Todd’s place as chairman, effective Oct. 1.

He said anyone interested in applying to become interim trustee should drop off a resume and letter of interest at the Medina Township Hall, 3799 Huffman Road.

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.