BRUNSWICK — While City Councilman Joe Salzgeber thinks he can serve Brunswick as a Council member and Medina County as county recorder without conflict, Brunswick Law Director Kenneth Fisher is not as sure.
On Monday night, Fisher said he would like to take time to look into the duality of the two roles to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.
In the meantime, Salzgeber has been asked to abstain from voting on Council legislation.
“I do not believe that there is any conflict between the duties of a county recorder … and the duties of a Brunswick city councilman. There is no conflict there,” Fisher said at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.
“The conflict that I am attempting to resolve, the potential conflict, is in the state statutes. I have to take that and read that in conjunction with our charter.”
Salzgeber has represented Ward 3 in Brunswick since 2015.
He was sworn in as county recorder Monday morning.
This came after he was appointed to fill the spot by the Medina County Republican Central Committee, beating out three others who sought the position.
Salzgeber will replace Colleen Swedyk, who had been recorder for 12 years before being elected as county commissioner.
She moved into her new role Jan. 1 and Linda Bauer held the position of county recorder on an interim basis for 10 days before the central committee made its selection.
Following the appointment, Salzgeber sent a memo to Fisher and members of Council outlining legislation and court cases supporting his ability to hold both positions. Fisher said he will closely examine the memo.
“As of tonight, Councilman Salzgeber is still in office,” Fisher said at the end of the discussion.
After the meeting, Salzgeber said the new position as recorder is “sort of up his alley.”
“I am very humbled to have been appointed,” said Salzgeber. “I am excited to have been appointed. I practice law in that area.”
The recorder’s office handles land titles, deeds and provides ID cards to veterans, among other things.
He served as Medina County assistant prosecutor for seven years in both the civil and criminal divisions, which he said makes him familiar with county government operations and personnel.
In his private practice, he has handled numerous real estate matters and court cases, drafted and recorded deeds, liens and other documents with the Medina County and other county recorders’ offices. He prepares deeds for Kingdom Title Agency in Medina.
Holding another position while also serving as the county recorder is not without precedent.
Swedyk was Hinckley Township fiscal officer and recorder for a time.