January – February 2016
The Village Budget Explained is a series of posts from Mayor Tomko written in January and February outlining expenses and services in many departments in Chagrin Falls.
Mayor-elect Tomko Announces Financial Review Committee
Edit January 2016: Members of this independent committee may be contacted via this email address.
As I had promised during the recent campaign for Mayor, one of my first orders of business would be to determine if areas existed where village government could be more cost effective in its operations and if additional revenue sources could be found. As a first step toward this goal I have appointed an independent committee to review the village’s books and operations and report back to both the residents and village government what their findings and recommendations are to improve the village’s operations and financial condition. This committee will be free to draw on the resources of Chagrin Falls and other advisors as is necessary. This committee is comprised of all volunteers and no tax dollars are being spent on this study. I would expect that their findings will be available early in 2016. Their report and recommendations will be publically available in its entirety.
I wanted a committee that is composed of highly qualified and experienced individuals in managing successful operations. I also wanted a committee that represents all of the taxpayers of the village; businesses, property owners and residents. With Mayor Brick’s support, I have asked the committee to start work now and not wait until January
Accordingly, I have appointed the following people and a brief summary of their experience follows:
John O’Brien. John worked for 27 years for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the first 22 years in Cleveland and the last 5 years as the managing partner of the Atlanta office. He also served 6 years on PwC’s Board and Management Committee. While in Cleveland he was in charge of the PwC’s municipal government practice and served many years as an advisor to the Cleveland City Council on its annual budget deliberations. John has served on the Chagrin Falls Planning & Zoning Committee and the Board of Zoning Appeals. John also chaired Your Hometown Chagrin Falls and the Streetscaping Committee.
Bill Bryan. Bill and his family are lifelong residents of Chagrin Falls. Prior to his retirement, Bill was the President and CEO of Cuyahoga Saving Association which operated a branch in the village.
Mike Corkran. Mike has lived in the Chagrin area for 20 years and has been a Chagrin Falls Village resident since 2011. He has run a number of successful business during his career in both manufacturing and services. Currently he has co-founded China-Centric and serves as its CEO.
Jack Willharm. Jack is a lawyer and was a partner at Baker Hostetler prior to his retirement. Jack and his family are lifelong Village residents and he has served on the Village’s Board of Zoning Appeals and the Chagrin Falls School Board.
Dwight Milko. Dwight has been a resident since 1990. Dwight was previously a councilperson and council president. Dwight has founded several businesses in Chagrin Falls and is currently owner of Remax in the village.
Betsy Towns. Betsy is a lifelong resident of Chagrin Falls and currently works in banking and is an Assistant Vice President at CF bank.
Tom Wirbel. Tom is a 20 year resident of Chagrin Falls. For the last 12 years Tom has worked for CPI-HR, an employee benefits and human resources consulting firm. Tom’s special area of concentration is employee benefit plans and specifically health care plans. He and his colleagues represent 12,000 employer groups with over three million employees. In 2008 Tom was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of Cleveland’s business leaders by awarding him a 40 under 40 award.
Tom Florkiewicz. Tom and his family are lifelong Chagrin residents. He is currently the President of the Board of Trustees for Chagrin Falls Township. He is an internationally recognized expert on the production of chlorine and caustic. Tom has served on the Chagrin Valley Rec board for over 20 years.
Dick Kaplan. Dick is a long-time Chagrin Valley resident. He was a PwC Audit partner where he spent 34 years before joining DeCraneAerospace. He was with DeCrane for 13 years serving first as CFO and later as CEO. Dick has been on the Chagrin Falls Mayor’s Economic Advisory Committee for many years.