November 21, 2014

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Joyce Kimbler to succeed James Kimbler as common pleas judge

Joyce Kimbler

A local insurance lawyer will take the bench in January after winning the race Tuesday for Medina County common pleas judge. Joyce V. Kimbler, a Democrat married to the retiring judge, defeated former Brunswick Mayor Gary Werner. Kimbler received 55 percent of the 42,565 votes, compared to Werner’s 45 percent of the votes, according to Read More…

Incumbent Kevin Dunn gets landslide win for juvenile, probate judge

Kevin Dunn

Medina County Juvenile and Probate Judge Kevin Dunn earned his post Tuesday night with a landslide win in his first election for the position. Dunn, a Republican, who was appointed in August 2013 to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn, garnered 25,320 votes to defeat Democratic challenger David Sheldon, who received 13,896 votes, according to Read More…

Adam Friedrick claims second term as Medina County commissioner

Adam Friedrick

Republican Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick easily won re-election Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. “We did the work we thought we needed to do for the campaign,” he said. “Seems like the Lord’s been good to us and now we can put the election behind us and get Read More…

Mike Kovack re-elected to seventh term as Medina County auditor

Mike Kovack

Democrat Mike Kovack was re-elected Medina County auditor Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. It will be his seventh straight term. He was appointed in 1993 and won the last five elections. “I’m deeply humbled and grateful for Medina Countians’ faith in me and, with my outstanding staff, I’ll Read More…

Steve Hambley wins election, will transition from county to Statehouse

Steve Hambley

Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley will replace long-serving fellow Republican Bill Batchelder in representing Medina County in Ohio’s 69th House District. Earning 69 percent of the votes, Hambley beat Chippewa Lake Democrat Rich Javorek, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. “I’m very thankful to the voters who elected me to Read More…

Brunswick, Medina, Wadsworth officials blast county in joint council session

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell distributes information to city officials from Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth during a joint session Monday at Medina City Hall. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Katie Anderson and Andrew Davis | The Gazette Monday’s joint session of the city councils of Medina County’s three cities turned into a forum for Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth officials to vent their frustrations about county government. The complaints focused on the county’s handling of the Medina County Central Processing Facility, which provides trash recycling Read More…

Mayor Hanwell: Medina doesn’t need $1M pool

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell thinks it will cost less and provide more bang for the buck to expand the indoor pools at the Medina Community Recreation Center than it would to rebuild the outdoor pool at Memorial Park. “What I wanted to do was give Council an alternative to spending $1 million on something that Read More…

Tax district may benefit road repairs in Brunswick

Brunswick City Council is looking at using an economic development tool to help pay for repairs on Skyview Drive. At a Council meeting Monday, members discussed the possibility of creating a Tax Increment Financing District on Skyview Drive at the site of proposed apartments on the north side of the road, just east of Pearl Read More…

Police dispatchers in Medina seek new three-year contract

The Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association and city are searching for common ground on hours and pay in a new contract for the Medina Police Department’s 10 dispatchers. In an Oct. 8 report, Susan Grody Ruben, a fact-finder for the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, rejected a request from the dispatchers to work four, 10-hour days Read More…

Ex-IT head sues auditor over firing, says she was whistleblower

Kovack v Ehrlich

Loren Genson and David Knox | The Gazette The former information technology manager for the Medina County Auditor’s Office has sued county Auditor Mike Kovack, accusing him of firing her in retaliation for reporting to authorities that he misused his county-owed computer and other office resources. Annette Ehrlich filed the lawsuit Friday, alleging Kovack violated the Read More…