Medina County Auditor
Mike Kovack first assumed
the office of Medina County Auditor on January 15, 1993. He was
re-elected to his seventh term in office in 2014. A Wadsworth High
School alumnus, he graduated with honors from Bowling Green State
University in 1982 and 1983 with degrees in business administration,
biology and secondary education. An active United States Naval
Officer from 1984-1989, Kovack served three decorated tours of duty in
the Persian Gulf aboard destroyers and minesweepers. A reserve
officer from 1989-1993, Kovack was recalled to the Naval Reserve
following 9/11. He was mobilized four times between 2003 and 2008,
including two overseas ground tours in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. He was awarded numerous decorations including the Defense
Meritorious Service Medal. He is a lifetime member of Wadsworth
VFW Post #1089. He retired from the Navy in June of 2013.
Kovack served as a Wadsworth City Councilman from 1990-91 and received
his Master's Degree in Public Administration magna cum laude from the
University of Akron in 1992 and was named a Presidential Scholar by
President George Bush. Kovack and his staff have received numerous
local, state and national awards and have been recognized for
"Excellence in Accounting" by the Government Finance Officers
Association (GFOA) each year he has been in office. In 1998, he was the
first Medina County Auditor to receive the "Outstanding Auditor Award"
from the County Auditors' Association of Ohio.
Kovack has served as president of the Northeast Ohio Auditors'
Association twice and has also served as president of the statewide
County Auditors' Association of Ohio (CAAO).
Kovack has three children, Michael, Madison and Lauren, two
grandchildren, and resides in the City of Medina.
Kovack's wife Dawn passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008.
He is active in many community activities, including currently serving
on the boards of the Medina County Red Cross, Children's Center of
Medina County, the Medina City Schools Foundation, Family-A-Fair and the Community Design Committee. He and his
office founded the Medina County Regional Pet Adoptathon, which has
found homes for nearly 1,000 abandonded pets over its 17 year history.