37, Law Director, City of Massillon

What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
My four daughters are the driving force behind my motivation to help make Stark County a better place. They inspire me to get involved not only to better our community, but to set examples and be a better role model from them.

What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
Not only does it take hard work to advance in your career or help strengthen Stark County, but it also takes heart. If you believe in your community and what you do as a profession, then you become even more determined to succeed.

What’s the most challenging part(s) of your job? How do you tackle these obstacles?
One of the most challenging parts of my job is simply unplugging. Being accessible 24/7 is a blessing and a curse. Although this problem is certainly not unique to me, it is something I struggle with daily. At those times when I am failing, my husband and daughters are there to remind me to put down my phone/iPad/laptop.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

“Andrea is a very gifted leader. She is a very hard-working and honorable attorney. Andrea is dedicated, inspiring and genuine to the cities of Massillon and Canton. She is a Massillon native and is proud to be the law director of the city she calls home.”
-Kathy Catazaro-Perry

Education
• Massillon Washington High School
• Miami University, Bachelor of Arts Political Science, minor in Business Law
• Capital University Law School
• National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management, Certified Court Manager

In the community
• Stark County Bar Association, 2006 to present including the following committees: Community Involvement Committee, co-chair 2017; Grievance Committee; Municipal Court Committee
• Ohio State Bar Association 2010 to present
• Massillon Fair Housing Board, chairman 2017
• Massillon Historic Preservation Commission, 2012 to 2016
• St. Mary’s PTO, president 2015 to present
• Western Stark County Democrats, 2011 to present

Accomplishments
• Massillon Law Director, November 2016 to present
• Massillon City Council, Ward 3, January 2012 to November 2016
• Canton Municipal Court, staff attorney, May 2010 to present
• Canton Law Department, Assistant City Prosecutor, March 2006 to May 2010

Family
• Husband: Steve
• Children: four daughters

Nominated by
• Kathy Catazaro-Perry, mayor of the City of Massillon

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