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May 21 2021

DAWN TYLER LEE SWORN IN AS INTERIM COUNTY COMMISSIONER

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners met today for the purpose of filling the vacancy left by the retirement last week of Commissioner Marilyn Brown.  Ohio law provides for the remaining two commissioners to appoint a replacement to serve until the outgoing commissioner’s political party names a permanent replacement to fill out the rest of the term.  At this afternoon’s meeting, the commissioners considered a resolution which Commissioner O’Grady amended in order to nominate Dawn Tyler Lee to serve in this interim capacity. After some deliberation, the two commissioners voted to appoint her to the seat.  Following the vote, Ms. Tyler Lee was sworn in at the county courthouse by Judge Kimberly Cocroft.  She is the first African-American woman county commissioner in Franklin County.


 

 

May 17 2021

COMMISSIONERS ADD NEW LEADERSHIP TO COUNTY TEAM

The Franklin County Commissioners have hired a new Chief Economic Equity and Inclusion Officer to help promote equitable and inclusive policies both inside and outside the commissioners’ office.  They’ve also filled an open position leading the county’s Office of Justice Policies and Programs, which advocates for smart justice solutions, works with young people involved in the justice system, and assists residents who are returning to the community from incarceration.
 

May 11 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARILYN BROWN TO RETIRE

Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown announced this morning that she would be retiring from county government after more than 14 years as a commissioner. 
 
“As your county commissioner, I have always focused on serving the residents and families of Franklin County,” Brown said.  “But as the last year has made apparent, time spent with our families is both precious and fleeting, and while public service will always remain my passion, it is time to step aside to focus on being there for my family.”
 

May 11 2021

INVESTING IN OUR SPORTS AND TOURISM WORKFORCE

This week, the commissioners approved a $3 million grant to Franklin County Stadium Inc., a non-profit organization that owns and operates the Columbus Clippers and Huntington Park baseball stadium on behalf of Franklin County.  Sports and tourism are a significant source of jobs and taxes for our community, bringing 43 million visitors to Franklin County in a typical year and accounting for nearly 80,000 jobs.  The pandemic shut the Clippers down in 2020, but the team and stadium are back up and running, and this investment will help them continue to bring visitors to our Arena District and keep the thousands of employees who work there busy.
 

Apr 22 2021

TELEPHONE SERVICE INTERRUPTED TO FRANKLIN COUNTY DOG SHELTER

Franklin County Animal Care and Control today announced that telephone service to its facility and dog shelter at 4340 Tamarack Blvd has been interrupted due to nearby construction activity.  The shelter remains open and is operating normally. 
 
Estimates are that it may take several days to restore normal telephone functionality.  In the meantime, the shelter has established several alternate phone numbers which the public can call for service.
 

Apr 21 2021

COMMISSIONERS RELEASE ANNUAL STATE OF THE COUNTY RPT, DECLARING THAT FRANKLIN COUNTY REMAINS STRONG

The Franklin County Commissioners released their annual State of the County report yesterday, which can be found online at report.franklincountyohio.gov.  The report details the ways that the Board of Commissioners serves county residents every day and includes highlights from the commissioners’ 14 agencies and some county and community partners.  This year, the report focuses heavily on the many ways that the commissioners worked to help their residents weather the storm of COVID-19.  It declares the state of Franklin County to be strong, and looks forward to a future beyond the pandemic.
 

Apr 20 2021

COMMISSIONERS’ STATEMENT ON CHAUVIN TRIAL VERDICT

Today’s verdict in Minnesota is a hopeful sign that times may be changing.  It is definitely a sign that Americans are no longer satisfied with the old system in which the police can often not be held accountable regardless of the circumstances of the case.

We believe that there is a way to write laws and police contracts so that law enforcement have the tools they need to do their important jobs while still being accountable to the public they serve.  We will fight for those changes in every place that we can, and we applaud the hard work and sacrifice of the many who have long fought to change this system for the better.
 

Apr 20 2021

HELPING FRANKLIN COUNTY YOUTH TO SUCCEED

This summer, the Franklin County Commissioners are once again supporting Franklin County young people who are working summer jobs or need a little help finishing all of their high school credits with a $4.5 million investment through their Job and Family Services department.  The funding comes from part of the county’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan and will support as many as 1,700 local youth as part of two separate programs.
 

Apr 06 2021

BOARD STATEMENT ON COLUMBUS ZOO ALLEGATIONS AND INVESTIGATION

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners issue a statement in response to preliminary findings of an independent investigation released by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. 
 

Apr 05 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY OFFICIALS RECEIVE DIVERSITY AWARDS

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Franklin County Administrator are being recognized as a leader of diversity and inclusion with two diversity awards announced today.  The awards recognize the commissioners' many efforts in this area, which include tackling the racial issues which cause disparate outcomes in wages, health care, infant mortality and so much more.

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