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The News-Herald

Election Questionnaire

Date questionnaire completed: September 12, 2013

Office sought: Chardon City Council

Political party: Non-partisan position

Name: Jeffrey Smock, CPFA

Age: 58

Date of birth: November 2, 1954

Place of birth: Andover, Ohio

Home address: 318 Allynd Blvd., Chardon, Ohio 44024

Length of residence in that community: 28 years

Twitter: None

Facebook: None

Occupation: Retired Finance Director

Business address:

Campaign Email: smockforcouncil@aol.com

Employer: City of Chardon (Oct. 1985 thru May 2012)

Elected office experience: None

Non-elected office experience (boards, etc.):

City of Chardon - Finance Director for over 26 years City of Chardon - Tax Administrator for over 26 years City of Chardon - Clerk of Council for over 22 years Ohio Auditor of State Assistant Auditor for 8 years Past President of the Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Past President of the Ohio Municipal Clerks’ Association Named 2008 Ohio Treasurer of the Year by the Ohio Association of Public Treasurers


Graduate of the Youngstown College of Business Certified Public Finance Administrator (CPFA) Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC)

Marital status: Married for 38 years

Name of spouse: Nancy

Name and age of any children: Lynnette Homovec, Valerie Smock


Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Association of Public Treasurers United States & Canada Ohio Municipal Clerks’ Association International Institute of Municipal Clerks

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:

The City needs to get back to the basics of maintaining the City’s streets, water lines, sanitary sewer lines and storm sewers thru sound financial planning and adhering to Chardon’s Financial Management & Debt Policy.

Review City income tax collection policies and procedures and take an aggressive approach to collecting delinquencies to ensure that everyone is paying their fair share.

Encourage economic development and a business friendly atmosphere while still preserving our small town charm. The goal is to get the businesses to locate in Chardon and begin generating revenue and creating jobs. By eliminating as much as possible any unnecessary City fees and costly regulations as a business considers locating in Chardon, the City will benefit in the long run as City income tax revenue is generated each year on net profits and employee wages.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?

As the City’s former Finance Director and Tax Administrator for over 26 years and the Clerk of Council for over 22 years, I am the most knowledgeable candidate when it comes to municipal finance, making me uniquely qualified to serve the residents of Chardon.

As Finance Director I initiated and prepared Chardon’s 5-year Capital Improvement Program; submitted to Council balanced budgets for 27 straight years; earned the Ohio Auditor of State Award for exemplary financial reporting; initiated and wrote Chardon’s Financial Management & Debt Policy; and was instrumental in securing a three-level upgrade in Chardon’s Standard & Poor’s long-term debt rating (AA-).

As a member of Council I will continue to demonstrate the honesty, integrity and work ethic that I displayed as Finance Director.

NOTE TO CANDIDATES: Please be aware that this questionnaire will be published.