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Commissioners Meet Potential MHRS Board Candidate
July 17, 2014 by Ann Wishart | No Comments

Geauga County Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri introduced his fellow commissioners to a candidate for the Geauga County Mental Health and Recovery Services board of directors during…

Geauga County Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri introduced his fellow commissioners to a candidate for the Geauga County Mental Health and Recovery Services board of directors during the commissioner’s meeting Tuesday.

Ch Scott, a Huntsburg Town-ship resident, said he grew up in Cleve-land Heights, but as a child, he visited an uncle in Orwell and has always liked the area. He moved to Geauga County in 1998.

Scott said his experience with mental health recovery issues derives from his work in law enforcement in Huron County and security at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights.

“I have a common sense degree in what is right and wrong,” he said.

Spidalieri said Scott grew up in an environment where the drug culture was common and he understands the challenges Geauga County residents are facing with the encroaching opiate crisis.

“We have a huge problem in this county,” Spidalieri said. “Ch has good ideas … and street smarts in a lot of situations.”

The candidate, if appointed by commissioners to the board, would be able to help the board consider different approaches to the drug problems and see what’s missing, Spidalieri said.

“(The board) is very, very critical to the problems we’re facing in this county,” he said. “Basically we’re losing a generation due to this drug problem.”

Spidalieri said he will send Scott’s resume to the commissioners and ensure the candidate follows procedure in applying for the position.

The county has eight seats on the board and the state appoints six board members to oversee the MHRS.

After the meeting, Scott said he is a freight conductor with railroad transportation company CSX Corporation.

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