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Edward D. Diebold (Cell Phone 330-687-0073)
Edward Diebold was elected Township Trustee to serve from January, 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017. Mr. Diebold served on The Zoning Commission form 2009 through 2013 and served as Chairman 2012 and 2013. Mr. Diebold has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Hazardous Materials Management (emphasis in Industrial Hygiene) from The University of Findlay. Mr. Diebold has been a resident of The Portage Lakes for over 36 years and is engaged to Julie Moline. Julie has 3 daughters Kayla, Kacie, and Makenzie. Mr. Diebold can be reached at diebold@coventrytownship.com.


Richard P. Kutuchief (Home Phone:330-645-0049)
Richard Kutuchief was elected Township Trustee to serve from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019.

Richard P. Kutuchief graduated from The University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Petite College of Law, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio. Mr. Kutuchief is admitted to the Ohio Bar as well as the Bar for the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. In 1989 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Kutuchief is an Attorney and Counselor at Law and is engaged in the private practice of law in his own law firm. Active in the Akron Bar Association, he is on the Certified Grievance Committee of the Akron Bar Association which investigates grievances against attorneys.

Richard and his family have been active in the Coventry Township Community throughout his whole adult life. He previously ran for Trustee in 1982, has served on the Coventry Township Parks Board, and served two terms on the Board of Education at Coventry Local Schools. Richard began advocating early on for the sidewalks and town center resulting in the building of the Clock Tower and existing sidewalks. He advocates for strong community involvement, renewed Pride in Coventry Township, and enhanced Community Spirit through volunteer participation in the township.

Richard has lived in Coventry Township with his wife Becky since 1978. They have three adult Coventry children, Brandis, Brett, and Britny. He is the organist at Hope Lutheran Church in Portage Lakes. Richard enjoys his number one love, music, and has a passion for photography, a love of the arts, boating, traveling, and of course, his motorcycle.

“I hope to serve this special township, and you, the resident, through vigilance, attentiveness, and concern. I know that if we all work together, even in the little things, we will be a strong community. We have long tradition and history in Coventry Township--I hope to help promote it, and renew it. I ask that you join me to make Coventry Township the special place that it is.” Thank you, Richard P. Kutuchief

Mr. Kutuchief can be reached at kutuchief@coventrytownship.com.

Tom Seese (Home Phone: 330-644-7475)
Tom Seese was elected in November 2009, and re-elected in November 2013. His current term runs January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. Mr. Seese can be reached at seese@coventrytownship.com.

Robert A. Saffian (Home Phone: 330-644-1617)
Robert Saffian was appointed by the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting of March 12, 2015 to fill the unexpired term, vacated by the retirement of Joni Murgatroyd effective March 18, 2015. He was elected to a full term running from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2020. Mr. Saffian can be reached at saffian@coventrytownship.com


Democracy In Action

What is a Township?

The township form of government is the oldest and most efficient in the United States. Townships are even older than the state form of government. Nowhere else do residents have such direct access to those who manage the services and finances of a community.

The three Township Trustees and the Township Fiscal Officer are elected to four year terms in nonpartisan elections. Trustees are responsible for the overall administration of township services including fire and police protection, zoning, roads, and parks. The Township Fiscal Officer handles all financial matters and is the keeper of all township records.

All Meetings are Open.

Trustees meet the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Hall located at 68 Portage Lakes Dr. All meetings are open to the public. A portion of each meeting is allotted for questions and comments from the public. You are invited to attend! Trustee meetings are also video-taped and are also available on the Township Meetings page of this website.

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