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Candidate Recruitment

Unfortunately, our current Board of Supervisors member, Rodney Tornes, is moving out of the county, and we are searching for a community member to fill the rest of his term (two years). This will be a special appointment with no election due to the circumstances. 

The Board is actively seeking an interested, conservation-minded leader to continue the mission of promoting conservation of natural resources through local leadership, education and technical assistance.  The Supervisors help chart the course for soil and water conservation and natural resources management in Licking County.  The Board also provides supervision to the District Administrator, oversight of fiscal decisions and technical expertise.  

The Board is composed of representatives from agricultural and urban backgrounds, educators and technical experts serving a three-year term as public officials.  

Candidate Eligibility and Qualifications

 A supervisor must be at least eighteen years of age and a legal resident of the district in which he/she is elected.

Candidates are considered based on:

• Widespread knowledge of natural resources within the district;

• Leadership ability;

• Knowledge of persons living within the district;

• Complement the existing make-up of the board so that all geographic, educational, gender, ethnic, and land use interests within the district are represented;

• Complement the existing make-up of the board so that both youth and experience are represented;

• Possess an interest in soil and water conservation district affairs; 

• Ability to make time available to adequately perform if elected. The time demanded of a supervisor is considerable.  All supervisors are expected and should feel an obligation to attend:

 - Every district board meeting, both regularly scheduled and special meetings;

- As many SWCD events as their schedule allows; and

- OFSWCD Area and statewide meetings.

The Board meets monthly at the Agricultural Service Center, 771 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055 typically on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm.  The public is welcome, so please join us for an upcoming meeting to learn about our organization. 

If you have any questions regarding potential candidates, please contact Kristy Hawthorne, District Program Administrator at 740-670-5331.

Election Results

Congratulations to Kim Byce and Bill Goodman for being re-elected to the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors to serve a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2024. 

As unpaid Public Officials, the Board members are responsible for conducting business within the scope of the laws and administrative rules that govern Soil & Water.  Board members also help guide Soil & Water’s mission with professionalism, efficiency, and effectiveness. 


2023 Board Members


Through committees, work can be divided so that far more can be accomplished.  Committees typically meet on a quarterly or as-needed basis. Contact us at for additional information.    

Building/Equipment/Safety Committee - Provides recommendations for technology, equipment, rental program, fleet maintenance, building and barn maintenance, and safety policy.  

Budget Committee - This committee oversees the preparation of the annual budget, managing the organization’s investments, setting compensation packages for staff, and oversees the Annual Giving Campaign.

Program Committee - While staff carries out the day-to-day activities that result in the development and implementation of the organization’s programs, the Program Committee is charged with long-range planning and general oversight. Assists with developing and monitoring the Annual Plan of Work and Strategic Plan; volunteers for programs; represents the Soil & Water District at community events.

Policy/Personnel Committee- Reviews & recommends updates to the employee personnel policy ensuring compliance with County, State, and Federal law. Recommends updates to job descriptions and makes suggestions for the staff evaluation process.

Associate Board Members

Associate Board members are concerned citizens who officially volunteer their time to assist the Board and District.  Associate Board Members serve on board committees, help plan, promote and implement district programs, activities, field days, etc., represent the district at various meetings and events, and present district programs to individuals, groups, and organizations.  Contact us to learn more at