New supervisor sworn for SWCD

CORTLAND – Michael Paquet of Warren was recently sworn in as the newest supervisor with the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District.

The northeast Ohio native and longtime resident of Trumbull County said he has had a strong interest in the protection and conservation natural resources. He previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C.

Since receiving his doctorate degree in 2007 from the Levin College at Cleveland State University he has offered instruction and provided services in a broad number of areas at several northeastern Ohio institutions of higher learning. He is a professor at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the fields of political science, public administration and urban studies with a focus on urban agriculture and issues related to environmental capacity and sustainability.

Paquet also served as the manager of The Ohio State University Extension’s Master Gardener program, which included coordination of volunteers, management of development funds, as well as continuing education instruction systems.

Recently, he assisted in the formation of a 501(c) organization, Earth Angel Farm, where individuals with developmental disabilities learn in agricultural settings.

Paquet also serves on the Clean Ohio Program / Natural Resources Council with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.

Paquet was elected last fall to serve as a SWCD supervisor with a three-year term of January 2014 through December 2016. He joins Davis Denman of Johnston, Richard Houk of Newton, Peter Kepner of Hartford and Jan Solomon of Lordstown on the Trumbull SWCD board.