Elected Officials

Council Packets

 The Village of South Russell elected officials are committed to provide an effective, fiscally responsible local government focused upon serving our residents. We have adopted the following mission statement to stay focused upon the most crucial aspects:

The mission of South Russell Village is to serve the residents of the Village by:

· Providing a high level of essential services

· Planning for future needs while preserving the character of the Village

· Promoting an attitude of professionalism and impartiality among Village officials and employees in a fiscally responsible manner.

Council Meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30pm at Village Hall. Meetings in June, July, August and December will be held on the second Monday of the month only.

Please include your contact information when sending an email to Mayor or Council.


Mayor Dr. William Koons

mayor@southrussell.com


Committees:

Dr. Koons was elected to Council in 2006 and was elected as Mayor in 2016.


Biography:

Bill was born in St. Marys, Ohio, graduated from Bowling Green State University, and earned his Masters and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He began his thirty-nine year career in public education with the Orange City Schools. He also worked for the Kenston, Mayfield, Kirtland and Chagrin Falls Schools, retiring as superintendent of the Chagrin Falls Schools.

He is past president of the Chagrin Valley Jaycees, a member of the Chagrin Valley Rotary, St. Joan of Arc Church, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity. He is a past recipient of the Chagrin Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.

Elected to council in 2005, Bill has chaired the Building, Finance, Human Resource, Properties, and Park committees. He served as President Pro Tempore of council from 2009 to 2015 and was elected to serve as Mayor from 2016 to 2019.

Bill is married to Nancy, a retired educator. They have lived in the Chagrin Valley since 1977, moving to South Russell in 1990. Their daughter, Betsy Ploenzke, is a pre-school teacher at Orange.


Council Member Gerald Canton

gcanton@southrussell.com


Committees:

Gerald was elected to Council in 2016.

Gerald serves on the Properties, Public Utilities and Street Committees.


Biography:

Gerald was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and graduated from Kent State University, where he earned his Masters degree. He began his thirty-two year teaching career at Howland Local Schools in Warren, Ohio. He taught at Berkshire Local Schools and as an adjunct professor at Kent State University. Before entering his teaching profession, Gerald worked for the Copperweld Steel Corporation in Warren, Ohio.

Gerald is a member of the Chagrin Falls Village Schools Senior Advisory Board. After his retirement, Gerald became a member of the substitute teaching faculty at Chagrin Falls Schools.

Elected in November of 2015, Gerald and his wife Darleane reside on Manor Brook Drive in South Russell Village. They are parents of seven children and eleven grandchildren.


Council Member Mike Carroll

mcarroll@southrussell.com


Committees:

Mike was elected to Council in 2014.

Mike serves as Chair on the Safety and Emergency Planning Committees and serves on the Human Resources Committee.


Biography:

Mike grew up in Russell Twp. but has lived in South Russell for the last 20 years.

He graduated from Cleveland State University with a BA in Public Safety Management and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on City & Urban Management.

Mike has been involved in the fire service for over 25 years and holds numerous professional certifications including being a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs – Ohio Fire Executive program. Mike currently serves as the Fire Chief of the City of Lyndhurst Fire Department.

Mike and his wife Jill live on Lakeview Lane and have a daughter and twin boys that attend Chagrin Falls Schools.

Mike is also involved with the Chagrin Valley Jaycees, Boy Scouts of America and is a past member of the Chagrin Falls Dads Club.


Council Member John Dishong

jdishong@southrussell.com


Committees:

John was elected to Council in 2000.

John serves as President Pro Tempore of Council, as Chair on the Human Resource and Properties Committees, and serves as the Council representative to the Parks Committee.


Biography:

John grew up in South Russell and is a graduate of Chagrin Falls High School and graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a B.S. in Business. John is a Regional Director with AT&T in the Mobility and Business Solutions Group. John, his wife Margaret, and their three children Everett, Amy & Kelly reside on Spring Drive. Everett and Amy graduated from Chagrin Falls High School and attend CWRU and the Ohio State University respectively. Kelly is currently a junior at Chagrin Falls High School.


Council Member Bryan Kostura

bkostura@southrussell.com


Committees:

Bryan was appointed to Council in January 2013 and elected to Council in 2016.

Bryan serves as Chair on the Street and Finance Committees and serves as the Councils representative to the Planning Commission.


Biography:

Bryan grew up in the Chagrin Valley and graduated from John Carroll University. He later attended Cleveland Marshall College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate. After graduation, Bryan was a Captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corp. and worked as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He served at Fort Drum New York, West Point Military Academy and Washington D.C. He is now in the Army Reserve as the Senior Defense Counsel for the 16th LOD.

Bryan is also an attorney with the firm of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC. His practice focuses on business litigation, contract negotiation, and advises on risk analysis and litigation avoidance strategies. Prior to becoming a council member he volunteered for the South Russell Village Park’s Committee where he served for three years. He is also very active in his local community and is a member Chagrin Valley Jaycees, and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. Bryan and his wife Sarah have three boys and live in Country Estates.


Council Member Cindy Nairn

cnairn@southrussell.com


Committees:

Cindy was appointed to Council in 2016.

Cindy serves on the Building, Finance and Safety Committees.


Biography:

Cindy Nairn was born and raised in Kentucky and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Cindy taught in Louisville, KY and Warrensville Heights City Schools. She and her husband, Bruce, moved to the Chagrin Falls area in 1972.

Cindy retired after 37 ½ years of teaching kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Shortly after retirement she was appointed to the new South Russell Village Cemetery Coimmittee in 2008, where she served for 8 years.

Cindy has been a member of Junior League of Cleveland, Inc. since 1983. She is Vice-President of her garden club, Southern Alliance and enjoys various other volunteer committees.

Cindy and Bruce have one son, Grant. They have lived in South Russell Village since 1991.


Council Member Mark Porter

mporter@southrussell.com


Committees:

Mark was elected to Council in 2006.

Mark serves as Chair on the Building and Public Utilities Committees.


Biography:

Mark grew up in the Chagrin Valley. He is a 1984 Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. He received a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History from the University of Maryland in 1986. Mark served on surface ships during his naval service. Mark graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 2000, after which he and his family moved home to South Russell.

Mark is an attorney with Gallup & Burns, at the firm’s downtown Cleveland office. He specializes in commercial litigation involving primarily the resolution of business disputes.

Mark has been very active in civic organizations, as well as a coach for several youth sports programs.

Mark and his wife, Tracy, live in Kensington Green with their two children.