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Copley Township Board of Trustees

10/22/2009 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Scott Dressler
Carol Swaino Morrison
Dale Panovich
John-Paul Paxton
Two to be elected

Scott Dressler

Personal information

Incumbent Dressler, 53, is married and has four children.

Education

Graduate, Copley High School

B.S., University of Akron, industrial management

Experience

Currently, Copley Township trustee (1998-present)

Formerly, director of administration, Summit County Engineer’s Office (two years)

Formerly, general manager, Fraher Transit Inc. at Aldi Foods Distribution Center (13-1/2 years)

Formerly, general manager, Hissong Group/Kenworth Trucks Finance Co. (two and a half years)

Formerly, assistant director of alumni relations, The University of Akron (two and a half years)

Formerly, member, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education (1990-97)

Activities

Member, Akron-Bath-Copley Hospital District Board of Directors

Member, Akron-Copley Joint Economic Development District Board of Directors

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“I am very frugal with the hard earned money of the taxpayers of Copley Twp. Our finances are in excellent shape because I have worked closely with the Township Fiscal Officer and the other Trustees to provide taxpayers with the ‘most for their money.’ Our balance sheet is outstanding and I will continue to be a conservative steward of our pocketbook. I provide leadership to the Board of Trustees when deliberating issues of Human Resources, Finance and Budget, Capital Expenditures, Contract Negotiations, Zoning and Litigation.

I represent the township very well to other communities as a polished public speaker as well as professionally conducting public hearings and public meetings.

Having served on the local school board, I am experienced at looking for ways to share resources. I understand that taxpayers are looking for the efficient operation of government at all levels and it starts with me at the local office.”

Carol Swaino Morrison

Personal information

Morrison is single and has five children and five grandchildren.

Education

Currently, attending Malone University

Experience

Currently, a supervisor, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools District (15 years)

Previously, front desk supervisor, Emerge Ministries (five years)

Activities

Currently, presiding judge, Summit County Board of Elections (five years)

Member, American Legion in Copley (17 years)

Formerly, president, high school PTA (two terms)

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“My family has been residents of Copley Township for three generations. As you can see I have a vested interest in the quality of life in this area. I made the decision to run for trustee because I’ve seen the good and the bad. There is a lot more good than bad. I want to be apart of making this township even better. If elected, I will listen to the residents and be honest, fair and helpful. I want to make this township a better place to live. I will be a strong and significant influence for the township.

I learned much from my father, George Swaino regarding the importance of community and country. We had many talks about Copley and its well being. He taught me to take pride in Copley.

One of my greatest joys has been working for children and parents for almost 20 years in Copley Schools. Strengthening our families and enhancing education I will serve with the honesty and results you can count on. Having more recreational opportunities for both children and seniors is one of my goals, as well as a grocery store which would bring in tax dollars, revenue and employment.”

Dale Panovich

Personal information

Incumbent Panovich, 62, is married and has three children and two grandchildren.

Education

High school graduate

Two years of college

Experience

Currently, Copley Township trustee (1989-2003, 2006-09)

Currently, food service director, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (24 years)

Activities

Member, Emergency Management Executive Committee

Treasurer, Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Copley-Fairlawn

Vice chairwoman, Akron-Bath-Copley Joint Hospital Board

Member, Akron-Copley Joint Economic Development District Board of Directors

Member, Copley Historical Society and Copley Heritage Day Committees

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“My 18 years of experience and good working relationships with the elected officials in the surrounding communities.

There are several projects I would like to see completed in the next four years. The first is water service for those homes affected by the Copley Square water contamination. The next would be to provide more services for our senior citizens. We have a senior snow plow program and want to start a senior call check program. We have recently acquired the Copley Community Center (no additional taxes required), which would be an ideal location for other senior citizen programs and activities.

Always requiring a balance budget, including during the current recession. During my tenure the Township has not incurred any debt.”

John-Paul Paxton

Personal information

Paxton, 37, is married and has two children.

Education

Attended, Oklahoma State University, 1990-91

Attended, Philadelphia Textile (now Philadelphia University), 1991-93

Attended, Kent State University, 1993-95

Experience

Currently, sales representative, BIOMET (two and a half years)

Currently, part-time firefighter/paramedic, Copley Fire Department (15 years)

Formerly, firefighter/paramedic/fire inspector/fire instructor, Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department (eight years)

Activities

None provided

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“As a resident of Copley Township for 15 years and a resident of the local area for more than 30 years, I have seen many changes. My involvement with the community has been through public service to its residents. Serving them in that capacity has allowed me to grow as an individual and give back to those I currently serve. Public service has always been a calling for me, of which gives me great pleasure to full-fill. It is that reason as well as my concerns for the future that have provided me this opportunity.

I feel that it is time to move Copley ahead. I am dedicated to Copley Township and rooted here with my family with no plans of leaving. I respect the townships history and wish to use that as a catalyst for growth of both youth and senior community programs. I want to involve families, volunteers, and the schools, employees of the township and all groups to make this a place where everyone is proud to work and live. I will bring the proper mix of planning, development and fiscal responsibility to achieve the sensible and realistic goals for Copley. Let’s move forward. Let’s make sense.”

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