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  • Cindy Cameron
  • Mollie Crooks
  • Jim Porter
  • ARPA Projects
  • Legacy Journals
Cindy Cameron Muskingum County Commissioner
Cindy S. Cameron

Cindy Cameron was appointed as Muskingum County Commissioner on December 15, 2015 by the Republican Central Committee, to complete the term of Commissioner Todd Sands. She was then elected on November 8, 2016 for a four year term and elected for her second term on November 3, 2020. Commissioner Cameron was a legal assistant at Kincaid, Taylor and Geyer for 26 years and was also a Clerk of Juvenile Court. In addition to being elected for five consecutive terms of the Board of Education for Tri Valley Schools, she also was a member of the Mid East Career and Technology Board of Education. Participating in two major construction projects for the schools and serving on the Finance and Facilities Committee provided valuable knowledge and insight.

Married to Clint Cameron for 36 years, their family includes Curt and wife, Bethany, and their two year old son, Brooks, and Clay and wife, Hannah. Cindy believes she is fortunate to have been born and raised in Hopewell Township of Muskingum County, where she enjoyed attending Gratiot United Methodist Church and was a long-time member of Equestrians 4-H Club. A graduate of West Muskingum High School, she also graduated from Muskingum Area Technical College, now Zane State College. Cindy is a member of Coburn United Methodist Church as well as the Farm Bureau of Muskingum County, and County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

Since becoming Commissioner, she is proud to have graduated from the 12-week training course of the first Zanesville Citizens Police Academy. This experience was invaluable as she experienced the challenges and rewards of law enforcement within our County. Cindy works closely with other community leads and elected officials to keep County operations running smoothly. Regularly connecting with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority, Center for Seniors Board, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste District, Muskingum County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank), and Muskingum Families and Children First, gives Cindy the ability to actively participate in many facets of our County.

In order to be an effective and responsible Commissioner, Cindy believes it is important to have an open door policy, to be available and accessible to members of the community, as well as employees and officials, to listen and appreciate their concerns, and to act on those concerns when necessary. “I have been a resident of Muskingum County my entire life and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. To serve as Commissioner for Muskingum County is truly an honor that I am grateful for each and every day. I am determined to do everything I can to attract businesses with job opportunities to our community and promote growth for the people of Muskingum County.”

Mollie Crooks Muskingum County Commissioner
Mollie Crooks
Board President

Mollie S. Crooks was elected by the voters of Muskingum County to serve as Commissioner in 2016. She began her public service with Vision, Passion & Leadership on January 3, 2017.

A Message From Mollie

I have devoted my life to living, working, and serving Muskingum County! I bring energy, enthusiasm and excellence to each project, organization, club, event (and even a Holiday Parade) that I undertake…..with the sincere desire that my efforts will positively impact our children, families, and citizens.

I have a passion to serve…to lead…to make a difference…to do what others say can’t be done. I was raised in a blue-collar family where honesty, integrity, and hard work were inherent expectations. I was the first in my extended family to graduate college. I worked for organizations and managers who mentored and encouraged me to grow personally and professionally. I received many blessings from this community and dedicated my life to serving and championing the benefits of Muskingum County.

It is time for me to “pay it forward”. As your County Commissioner, I will mobilize people to make CHANGE happen…with Vision, Passion, and Leadership!

Employment Experience

Non-Profit Business Leader

Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2000-2016
  • Expanded service area to four Counties (Muskingum, Guernsey, Morgan & Noble Counties)
  • Increased number of children served by 650%
  • Raised $1.9 million through fundraising special events
  • Secured $1.45 million in local, state and federal grants
  • Connected with local and state leaders and elected officials to secure mentoring grants/dollars for Muskingum County

Small Business Entrepreneur since 2008

Co-own and operate Trikes by Rodney, LLC

Healthcare Marketing and Communications

20 Years Experience with Genesis Hospice, Bethesda Hospital/Genesis Healthcare System, and Pediatric Associates of Zanesville

Community and Professional Involvement

Rotary International

  • Facilitator, District Visioning Team, Rotary District 6690
  • Past District Membership Chair, Rotary District 6690
  • Past President, Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville
  • First Female Sergeant-At-Arms, Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville
  • President, Muskingum County Women’s Republican Club
  • Member, Muskingum County Farm Bureau
  • Member, Muskingum County Township Association
  • AOP-20 Network of Champions
  • Member, Restored Citizens Network
  • Past Member, Genesis Spirit of Women Advisory Council
  • Past President, Zanesville South Business Association
  • Past Chair, Zanesville South Christmas Parade
  • Past President, Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association
  • Past President, OSU Extension Advisory Council
  • Past Co-Chair, Mid-East CTC Levy Campaign

Muskingum County Commissioner-related involvement:


  • Member, County Commissioners Association of Ohio
  • Board Member, Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce
  • Executive Committee and Board Member, Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA)
  • Member, Board of Revision
  • Member, Muskingum County Planning Commission
  • Member, Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority
  • Member, SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District

Awards and Recognition:


  • Maysville High School
        Alumni Hall of Fame 2017
  • Muskingum Family Y’s Women of Achievement
        Aldine Roach Flegal Special Recognition Award 2008
  • Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville
        Young Rotarian of the Year 2006
        Rotarian of the Year 2008
  • Ohio Chapter of National School Public Relations Assn
        Friend of Education Award 2007
  • Mid-East Career and Technology Center
        Alumni Hall of Fame 2003
  • Muskingum County Community Foundation
        Ray Thomas Community Service Award 1998
  • United Way
        Arline and Clay Littick Volunteer Service Award 1992

Personal

Commissioner Mollie S. Crooks is born, raised, educated, and mentored in Muskingum County. Mollie graduated from Maysville High School & Muskingum Area Joint Vocational School (currently Mid-East Career & Technology Center). She has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Muskingum Area Technical College (Zane State) and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Ohio University-Zanesville.

Mollie and Rodney Crooks married in 1992 and their blended family consists of two children and seven grandchildren. Daughter, Lacey Higgins (Andrew) Geyer, is the third generation owner of Higgins Lumber Company in Roseville and son, Jed (Beth Irvin) Crooks, is employed by Spectrum/Time Warner Cable.

In support of her husband’s dream to own his own business, Mollie and Rodney began Trikes by Rodney, LLC, in 2008. The business converts 2-wheeled motorcycles to 3-wheeled trikes.

Jim Porter Muskingum County Commissioner
Jim Porter
Board Vice President

Jim was elected in November, 2010 as County Commissioner. He previously served as a Perry Township Trustee for 19 years.

He and his wife Darlene have a son, Josh, and wife Jaclyn, and a daughter, Sarah. Jim and his family own and operate an 800 acre grain and cattle farm.

Jim remains very active in our community. For over 25 years he has volunteered with the Perry Township Fire Department, and has served as Captain. He has been a 4-H Advisor for more than fifteen years, and is a recipient of the State of Ohio Friend of Extension Award and the John and Dorothy Montgomery 4-H Leadership Award. Also, he serves on the Junior Fair Livestock Committee (Chairman) and with the Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association. Jim was inducted into the East Muskingum Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. As a life long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, he has served on many Councils in various positions, including President of Congregation.

Jim considers it an honor and privilege to serve as Muskingum County Commissioner and takes pride in being part of making Muskingum County a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

American Rescue Plan Act Funded Projects

The Muskingum County Commissioner’s Office is pleased to announce the current American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded projects. An act passed by the United States Congress in March of 2021, the legislation provides fiscal recovery funds to states, cities, counties, townships, tribal governments and villages throughout the nation. These funds must be allocated by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026 on eligible use projects set forth by the US Department of Treasury.

Muskingum County received approximately $16.7 million in “State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds” from the US Department of Treasury. Additionally, within the County, the City of Zanesville, townships and villages also received individual ARPA allotments, which are used at the discretions of those elected officials. All ARPA funds are governed by the same eligible use and timeline requirements. Muskingum County ARPA funded projects are awarded at the discretion of the Muskingum County Board of Commissioners. The awarded projects were vetted, deliberated on and ultimately were awarded with approved legislation amongst the Board. The overarching goal is to make the most significant impact on the County over time.

As of September 30th, 2022, Muskingum County has allotted nearly 63% of the ARPA funds available. ARPA projects are listed in the attached document with a project name, short project memo and funding amount. This list contains projects with allotted funding, some projects are 100% complete, 50% complete or not yet started. For more information, please contact Eric Reed (ARPA Compliance Officer) in the Muskingum County Commissioner’s Office at 740-455-7127.




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Contact Our Office
Location 401 Main Street
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed all legal holidays
Phone (740) 455-7100
Office Email Sareese@muskingumcounty.org
Additional Contacts
Water & Sewer Projects

   Don Madden - (740) 588-4389

   Hours: M-F 8:30a - 4:30p

Community Development Block Grant

   Kyle Dunn - (740) 455-7193

ARPA

   Eric Reed - (740) 455-7127

Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)

   Kyle Dunn - (740) 455-7193

   Hours: M,W,R 8:30a - 4:30p | T-F 8:30a - 4:30p

Human Resource / Insurance

   Office - (740) 588-4371

   Hours: M-F 7:30a - 4:30p

9-1-1 Coordinator

   Kim Hambel - (740) 454-1911