County Commissioners are the taxing, budgeting, appropriating, and purchasing authority of county government. My business background in banking, budgeting, auditing, and finance will serve Geauga County well when I am elected. I want to be your full time Commissioner and am committed to attending weekly Commissioner and Committee meetings, including NOACA meetings, to which I am assigned as Chair.
Working with all other county department heads, county officials, and the courts, I’ll make sure they are properly funded and functioning as best they can. In addition, I’ll promote public/private partnerships in human services, economic development, health, and infrastructure development. I’ll take an active role and work with county stakeholders in promoting job training, workforce development, and improving agriculture in Geauga County. We live in one of the best counties in Ohio and with your help and input, I’ll work hard to make sure we keep it that way!
Below are some of the accomplishments I’ve achieved while serving on City Council the past six years. I began in Chardon’s Planning Commission where I was appointed and served five years; that means I have over 11 years of public service and 30 years working in the private sector. It will be my distinct honor and privilege to serve as your next Geauga County Commissioner. I’m ready to go to work for you in 2017 and I humbly ask for your vote!
Chardon City Council accomplishments since 2009
(currently serving as Mayor)
- Chaired the Legislative, Finance, and Audit Committees.
- Initiated a State Performance Audit to improve our city operations which identified a potential savings of over $460,000 (7.8% of the city budget). Benefits also include improved administration and service delivery to residents. We are currently implementing most of these recommendations.
- Improved tax collections by moving to RITA and hiring a full-time employee who collects nearly $2 for every $1 in costs.
- Introduced and passed a City Charter change to improve internal city organization and operations.
- Co-chaired the 2013 Charter Review Committee which identified and proposed needed updates to our City Charter.
- Spearheaded a Revitalization District to support current businesses and to attract new businesses to Chardon.
- Reduced red tape and fees for businesses and residents through common sense changes to our Planning & Zoning code.
- Construction of a new city service garage and storage complex which will serve Chardon now and long into its future.
- Hired a new City Manager and three new department heads who are aligned with City Council in providing our city superior services, keeping our city fiscally sound, efficiently run, and poised for healthy economic growth.
- Continued economic development efforts to support current businesses, attract new businesses, and provide more jobs and a stable tax base for our city services and public schools.
- Maintained and improved city streets and infrastructure. Improved and installed city sidewalks to provide better access to the Square.
- Kept our budget as low as possible and our finances in a healthy state.
- Provided superior police protection for our businesses, neighborhoods, and schools.
- Supported parks and recreation for our community that will continue to provide a great quality of life.
- Fostered partnerships with local community invested organizations that give added value to historic downtown Chardon.
Personal & Professional Information
- Resident of Geauga County for nearly 20 years. Married for 35 years to Michael McArthur, mother to Kelley McArthur Bodwell (graduate of Chardon HS 2009 and OU 2013) and Keenan McArthur, a Senior at Chardon HS and proud marching band member.
- BA in Communications from Cleveland State University.
- 30 years of professional business experience in marketing, sales, human resources, legal, and financial services.
- Small Business Relationship Manager at KeyBank in Chardon until April 2015. Since then, I’ve worked as a Field Service Representative for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a small business advocacy organization based in Nashville, TN.
- 15 years of community involvement. Member of Chardon Tomorrow, Chardon Square Association, Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Chardon Chamber of Commerce, Red Key Network (a women’s business organization in Geauga County), the Geauga County Farm Bureau, the Geauga County Township Association, NAMI – the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and the NRA.
- For several years, I was a parent committee member for Boy Scout Troop 93 in Chardon where my son Keenan is completing his Eagle Scout.