Ohio swears in first African-American county treasurer

mark_a_parks.jpgMARK A. PARKS JR.


Cleveland, OH (BlackNews.com) — In an unprecedented move, Ohio swore in its first African-American County Treasurer. Mark A. Parks Jr. took the oath of office on March 27th, 2013, from Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald before a group of 11 council members and community supporters.

“Mark continually demonstrates his value to county government with his wide ranging experience and effective management in a variety of areas. His experience, professionalism and knowledge in financial management are a true asset for Cuyahoga County and its citizens. He is one of our very best,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald.

Parks served as the interim Cuyahoga County Treasurer since mid-December, 2012. His appointment began one month prior to him taking the oath. He is the first African-American county Treasurer in any county in Ohio. His responsibilities include managing the billion dollar investment portfolio for Cuyahoga County, collecting its property taxes and distributing funds to municipalities.

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge said that it is outstanding that Cuyahoga County is leading the state in diversity and inclusion. “Mr. Parks is well-qualified and will do a great job. I hope it will set the stage for the country to follow the lead of Cuyahoga County,” continued Fudge.

For more than two years, Parks was the Council President for Orange Village and has served as Chairman of the finance committee for more than six years. He also served as the Director of special projects. He counted among his duties: assisting the Chief Fiscal Officer and serving as Controller for the fiscal office.

“Of course it’s satisfying to make history,” offered Parks, “but even more satisfying is knowing that County Executive FitzGerald made his decision solely on me being the best qualified for the position. I am really looking forward to making the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s Office a model for all others to emulate.”

Parks received the Dr. David C. Sweet, Distinguished Elected Official award in 2010 from the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University for his commitment to regionalism.

“Mark has the training, experience, and drive to get the job done as the County Treasurer,” said Cuyahoga County Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Sharon Cole. “Now that he has been appointed, he will simply continue the great work he has been doing for the residents of Cuyahoga County.”

A Certified Public Accountant, Parks received a BA in Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix. He is a member of the regional advisory committee for Ohio Auditor David Yost, the endowment fund committee of Lander Circle Kiwanis, the Cuyahoga County Transition Committee, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Shaw High School Alumni Association.

He has served on several boards including Continue Life, Inc., the National Black MBA Association and Community United Headstart.

“I am excited about the opportunity for him,” said Congresswoman Fudge about Parks’ appointment. “I know he will be excellent. It is well deserved.”

Parks and wife Connie have two sons, Mark III., and Charles.

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