Chris Abbuhl

County Commissioner

Greg Ress

County Commissioner

Kristin Zemis

County Commissioner

Office Hours
8:00AM to 4:30PM
Monday – Friday

125 East High Ave.
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Phone: 330-365-3240

Tuscarawas County Commissioners

There are three members of the Board of Commissioners. They are elected by the residents of the county to serve a four-year term. There are no specific qualifications that a commissioner must have to run for the office. In accordance to the Ohio Revised Code the job is to be part-time.

  • ADVERTISE & CONDUCT HEARINGS -The Board must advertise and conduct the hearings for the following: Budgets, Road & Bridge changes, Annexation, Watersheds, Taxes, Road Vacation, Block Grant, etc. This gives the residents an opportunity to learn about the project and also to input their opinion.
  • ADVERTISE & ACCEPT BIDS – The Board must advertise and accept bids for the following: Equipment, Vehicles, Insurance, Materials, Fuel, Projects, Major Repair of Buildings, Paving, etc.
  • SELECT CITIZENS FOR APPOINTMENTS – The Board must select residents of our county to the following boards: Kent State University-Tuscarawas Campus, Board of Developmental Disabilities, Commission on Ageing, Tuscarawas County Public Library, Regional Planning, Public Defenders, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, Recycling & Litter Prevention, Housing Authority, Multi-County Solid Waste District, Self-Help, Emergency Management, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Tuscarawas County Law Library Resource Board.
  • MAINTENANCE OF BUILDINGS – The Board is responsible for maintaining the following public buildings: Court House, County Office Building, Job & Family Services,  Jail, Board of Education, Health Department, and various parking lots owned by the County.
  • Insures approximately fifty (50) structures, including the fairgrounds and jail.
  • Insures all county owned vehicles.
  • Lobbies in Columbus and Washington DC concerning legislation, grants, regulations, etc. that affect our county.
  • Cooperates with townships, cities, villages and county office holders in areas of mutual concern.
  • Cooperates with leaders in agriculture, business, labor, industry, education, etc. in attracting more job opportunities for residents of our county.
  • Cooperates with other counties on mutual concerns, such as the Multi-County Solid Waste Disposal Agency.
  • Serves on several boards including: Data, Revision, Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Counties Solid Waste District, Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, Harcatus, Children & Family First Council, Recycling & Litter Prevention, Emergency Management Agency, Local Emergency Planning Committee. County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the National Association of Counties.
  • Must conform to the Ohio Revised Code Rules and Regulations.
  • Obligates and approves a balanced budget for the County.