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


Muskingum County Zoning – Purpose & Facts

 Thursday, January 11, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Muskingum County Projects Included in OMEGA Appalachian Community Grant Program Application

 Thursday, January 4, 2024

Executive Summary-County Jail

 Monday, October 30, 2023

Cindy Cameron Muskingum County Commissioner
Cindy S. Cameron
Board President

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 38 years, their family consist of Curt and Bethany and their sons Brooks & Cade. Clay and Hannah and their daughter Blakely. 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

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 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.

I pledge to continue to pay my blessings forward to make Muskingum County the best that it can be through visionary leadership, passion, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

Together…WE ARE MUSKINGUM COUNTY! I appreciate this honor to serve you!

Employment Experience

Non-Profit Business Leader

Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2000-2016

Small Business Entrepreneur

Co-owned and operated Trikes by Rodney, LLC from 2008-2021

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
  • Board Member, Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville
  • Sergeant-At-Arms, Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville

Member, Muskingum Perry Morgan Reentry Coalition

Member, Muskingum County Farm Bureau

Member, Muskingum County Township Association

Muskingum County Commissioner-related involvement:


  • Board 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 Land Reutilization Corporation
  • 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.

Melissa Bell Muskingum County Commissioner
Melissa Bell

Melissa Bell and her husband Matt live and work as the 6th generation farmers on the Bell Farms Ag, LLC, family farm. She has also worked at the Ohio Pork Council, the Ohio FFA Foundation, and the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Additionally, Melissa is a mother, a wife, and a small business owner. She has four children: 20-year-old twins, Brady and Reily, both students at The Ohio State University; Delaney, 15; and Baylor, 8, both at Tri Valley Locals Schools.

She is committed to serving the constituents of our county through her interest and advocacy in agriculture, education and rural community development. She wants our community to be a place where we can raise our family, and offer them a safe, prosperous and vibrant place to return.

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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Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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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

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Human Resource / Insurance

   Office - (740) 588-4371

   Hours: M-F 7:30a - 4:30p

9-1-1 Coordinator

   Kim Hambel - (740) 454-1911