June 28, 2016

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Lorain County Commissioners split over vote for president

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Ted Kalo

Ted Kalo

ELYRIA – For the second year in a row, Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams has lost out on a chance to serve as president of the Board of Commissioners.

The role instead went to Commissioner Ted Kalo, who served as president last year, during a split vote at the commissioners’ organizational meeting today.

Williams, the lone Republican on the board, argued that it was his turn to serve as president, a job he was skipped over for last year.

Traditionally, the position has rotated among the commissioners, but last year Kalo and Commissioner Lori Kokoski snubbed Williams after accusing him of making the board appear divided.

Kokoski, who nominated Kalo to be president again this year, said that she felt her fellow Democrat was doing a good job. When Williams complained, she said that he has a tendency to bring up issues at board meetings without giving her and Kalo advance warning. She also said Williams had dropped her as a friend on Facebook.

Williams said he stopped being friends with Kokoski on the social media site in December 2012 after a series of personal attacks by those close to the Democratic commissioners. He also accused Kalo and Kokoski of doing the bidding of Lorain County Democratic Party Chairman Anthony Giardini.

“I understand you take your orders from Giardini,” Williams said.

Both Kokoski and Kalo denied that was the case.

“That’s so far from the truth,” Kokoski said.

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.