Former State Representative Erica C. Crawley was sworn in this morning as the newest Franklin County Commissioner. She replaces interim Commissioner, Dawn Tyler Lee, who has served since May 21st
following the resignation of long-time Commissioner Marilyn Brown. Commissioner Crawley was chosen by the retiring commissioner’s political party as required by Ohio law, and will serve the remainder of Commissioner Brown’s original term through 2022.
“I am excited and grateful to have the opportunity to serve the community I love in a new way and to be able to continue helping my neighbors navigate their way out of the pandemic and succeed going forward,” Commissioner Crawley said. “It’s an honor that I take very seriously, and I am proud to be starting a new chapter in my life and making history in our county.”
Immediately following the swearing in this morning, Commissioner Crawly joined her new colleagues, Commissioners Kevin L. Boyce and John O’Grady for the board’s weekly Briefing meeting in which they were briefed on resolutions that they will vote on next week.
“I know Commissioner Crawley and have seen her dedication to our community and the people who live here,” said Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce. “The residents of our county are fortunate to have somebody like her representing them on the Board of Commissioners. Her lifetime of service speaks for itself, and this is yet a new way for her to lead.”
Commissioner Crawley is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and holds a degree in Criminology, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctorate from Capital Law School. She has spent most of her adult life in service, first in the U.S. Navy and then working with Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services, the YMCA Head Start program, with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), and the Black Child Development Institute. Beginning in 2019, Ms. Crawley served in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 26th
House District covering much of southeastern Franklin County until her appointment to the Board of Commissioners. She has championed income equality, investments in education, and fair treatment and access to services for all Ohioans.
Commissioner John O’Grady said, “I’m thrilled to have Erica join us as a colleague on the Board of Commissioners. Her character, empathy, and intelligence will be a great addition to the leadership of our county, and I am looking forward to serving with her.”
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is the administrative arm of county government, overseeing 14 county agencies,1,400 employees, and a nearly $2 billion budget. More information about the Board of Commissioners and their twice-weekly public meetings can be found at commissioners.franklincountyohio.gov