Commissioner's Office


Commissioners sessions are Monday and Thursday from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Lunch is 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Session resumes at 1:30pm

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Cindy Cameron
  • Mollie Crooks
  • Jim Porter
Cindy Cameron Muskingum County Commissioner
Cindy S. Cameron
Board President

Cindy Cameron was elected to the position of Commissioner on November 8, 2016, after first being appointed by the Republican Central Committee on December 15, 2015. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Cindy worked as a legal assistant at Kincaid, Taylor & Geyer for 26 years, and as a Clerk for the Muskingum County Juvenile Court. Cindy was elected to the Tri Valley Board of Education in five consecutive elections, and served on the Mid East Board of Education. As a school board member, Cindy participated in two major construction projects and served on the Finance and Facilities Committee.

Married to Clint Cameron for 34 years, they have two sons, Curt (daughter-in-law Bethany) and Clay. Cindy believes she was fortunate to have been born and raised in Hopewell Township, Muskingum County, where she enjoyed attending Gratiot United Methodist Church and long-time membership in the Equestrians 4-H Club. Cindy is a graduate of West Muskingum High School and Muskingum Area Technical College, now known as Zane State College. Cindy is now a member of Coburn United Methodist Church. Cindy enjoys reading and walking. But, most of all, she treasures time with her family, as she awaits the arrival of their first grandchild in November.

Since becoming Commissioner, she is proud to have graduated from the 12-week training course for the first Zanesville Citizens Police Academy. This experience was invaluable as she experienced the challenges and rewards of law enforcement within our County. As the current President of the Board of Commissioners, Cindy works closely with other community leaders and officials to keep county operations running smoothly. Cindy regularly connects with the Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority, Center for Seniors Board, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste District, Muskingum County Planning Commission, and the board of Muskingum Families and Children First. She is a member of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

Perhaps one of the most significant challenges Cindy has faced as Commissioner is the fight against the COVID-19 threat attacking our community. Cindy is working daily with county, city, state, and federal representatives to keep this hazardous situation under control. As a vital member of the Muskingum County Unified Command task force, Cindy strives to keep the members of our community safe and our economy moving forward.

In order to be an effective and responsible County 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 people’s 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. The opportunity to serve as Commissioner for this 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 Vice 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

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.

Muskingum County Commissioners
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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
   Julie Jones - (740) 455-7127

   Hours: M-F 8:30a - 4:30p

Community Development Block Grant

   Sheila Samson - (740) 455-7193

Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)

   Sheila Samson - (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