Commissioner, Lucas County, Ohio
Carol Contrada has served as Lucas County Commissioner since 2010, and served as President of the Board of Commissioners from January 2013 to January 2015. She was recently reelected to a second four-year term in November 2014. She is the first County Commissioner to have come directly from the elected position of Township Trustee in over 60 years, and the first from Sylvania Township since 1848. Commissioner Contrada is also a practicing attorney with the law firm of Contrada & Associates.
Currently, Commissioner Contrada represents Lucas County on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the Community Corrections Planning Board, the Integrated Justice System, and the Governance Board. She is coordinating county-wide criminal justice reform initiatives, championing safe neighborhoods, and multi-jurisdictional cooperation. Commissioner Contrada is immediate past chairman of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, having served in a leadership role with TMACOG for over 10 years. She continues her work on regional economic development initiatives, including spearheading the four-county regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which utilizes data in support of catalytic projects in Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood Counties in Ohio and Monroe County Michigan. Other regional initiatives include establishing the Northwest Oho Food Council and coordinating legal research on formation of a regional Maumee Watershed District.