MWCD Board elects officers for 2011, freezes employee wages for 2nd straight year

December 21, 2010

Steve Kokovich of New Concord in Muskingum County will lead the Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) during 2011.


Board members elected Kokovich as their president for next year and also elected William P. Boyle Jr. of the Charles Mill Lake area as vice president during a recent meeting. Officers of the MWCD Board of Directors routinely serve one-year terms of leadership.


The Board also approved a budget for 2011 that plans total expenditures of slightly more than $20 million, including more than $10.1 million for projects focused on maintenance and rehabilitation in the system of reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed. Board members agreed to freeze MWCD employee wages for the second consecutive year as part of the budget.


Kokovich, who served as Board vice president in 2010, will succeed Harrison County resident Harry C. Horstman as president. A member of the MWCD Board of Directors since 2003 and in his second term on the Board, Kokovich serves as a special assistant to the president and as a professor of education at Muskingum University. He previously served as Board president in 2006 and vice president in 2005 and 2010.


A graduate of Muskingum University, Ohio State University and Ohio University, Kokovich has been a member of New Concord Village Council for many years and served as a board member for the John and Annie Glenn Historical Site at New Concord. The Harrison County native is an outdoor enthusiast and regularly visits Clendening, Piedmont, Seneca and Tappan lakes.


Boyle was appointed to the MWCD Board of Directors in 2009 following the retirement from the Board of Thomas L. Tribbie of Cambridge. An owner of a cottage on land at Charles Mill leased from the MWCD, Boyle retired from The J.M. Smucker Co. at Orrville, where he served as President International, Senior Vice President-Director of Marketing, and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Boyle is a graduate of Cornell University and previously held positions with Flint Ink Corp. and The Pillsbury Co., along with serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.


Other members of the MWCD Board of Directors are Horstman, David L. Parham of Carroll County and Richard J. Pryce of Stark County. The five-member Board, appointed by the Conservancy Court to terms of five years with a limit of two consecutive terms of service, meets monthly in open session in accordance with the state’s public meeting laws.


The Board also agreed to a meeting schedule for 2011 on the following dates: Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 25, April 22, May 20, July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. Meetings routinely begin at 9 a.m. with locations to be announced prior to the meeting date. Meeting dates, times and locations are posted on the MWCD website at or are available by contacting the MWCD office toll-free at (877) 363-8500.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $8 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. The reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


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