Boyle, Parham to lead MWCD Board of Directors in 2012

December 22, 2011

William P. Boyle Jr. of the Charles Mill Lake area in Richland County will lead the Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) in 2012.


Board members elected Boyle as their president for next year and also elected David L. Parham of the Atwood Lake area in Carroll County as vice president during a recent meeting. Officers of the MWCD Board of Directors routinely serve one-year terms of leadership.


Boyle will succeed Steve Kokovich of New Concord in Muskingum County as president. Appointed to the MWCD Board of Directors in 2009, Boyle is the owner of a cottage on land at Charles Mill leased from the MWCD. He 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 Pillsburgy Col, along with serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.


Parham previously served as president of the Board of Directors in 2008 and was its vice president in 2007. Appointed to the Board of Directors in 2006, Parham also was a previous chairman of the MWCD’s Development Advisory Committee, an 18-member volunteer committee that serves in an advisory capacity to the MWCD Board and staff. The owner of a cottage on land at Atwood Lake leased from the MWCD, Parham is a retired attorney from a firm in Cleveland, a former member of Shaker Heights City Council and an Air Force veteran. He is a graduate of the Case Western University School of Law.


Other members of the MWCD Board of Directors are Kokovice, Harry C. Horstman of Harrison 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 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 Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to

the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of 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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