The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 6, 2013

Hawkins elected president of statewide professional organization

By CARL E. FEATHER - cfeather@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — Lisa Hawkins, clerk of the board for the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners, will serve as president of a statewide professional organization this year.

Hawkins was elected president of the Executive Board of the County Commissioners’ Clerks and Engineers Administrative Professionals Association of Ohio (CC/EAPA) during the group’s winter conference in December. Joe Moroski, Ashtabula County commissioner, had the honor of swearing in Hawkins as president.

She served as vice-president of the executive board in 2012.

“It really is a great honor to be chosen to serve as president of this association,” Hawkins said. “I am glad to be able to give something back to my peers and the taxpayers of this county who support me.”

Her duties as president include presiding at all meetings and scheduling     all meetings of the executive board with the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) office for the next year. She is required to appoint a nomination committee and a person to audit books at the end of the year, and conducts planning meetings as well as training sessions at the summer and winter conferences.

“With all the changes in legislation, it is imperative that I keep up,” she said. “The training opportunities provided by the association enables me to do that. An advocate for technology, I use every resource available to perform my job duties more efficiently. Using technology, such as a laptop computer and digital recording, allows me to serve the board and the residents of Ashtabula County more effectively.”

The CC/EAPA was established in 1951. Its purpose is to better serve the county commissioners and engineers of Ohio by studying the duties and procedures pertaining to the offices, providing a clearinghouse of related information and networking opportunities for its membership, and promoting legislation that supports the maintenance of a well organized and efficient office.

Membership comes from all 88 Ohio counties.

“I would like to thank Joe Moroski, Dan Claypool and Peggy Carlo, the three county commissioners, for their encouragement and support,” Hawkins said.  “The board feels the networking and training provided by my involvement with the association is a great benefit to them. They really advocate for bringing best practices to Ashtabula County.”

Hawkins, who worked in banking prior to being hired by the county in 1999, started her career in Western County Court. She became a commissioners’ office employee in 2000 and attained her position of clerk in 2005.

Hawkins is the mother of two daughters and resides in Jefferson with her husband Don.