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THE COUNTY RECORDER
Craig Brown was elected Ohio’s youngest county recorder in November 2004. He received the oath of office and began official duties as Columbiana County recorder on January 1, 2005.
Brown is a longtime resident of Salem and is a graduate of Salem Senior High School (1995). He graduated from Ohio Dominican University’s honors program in 1999 with a B.A. in political science and a concentration in environmental policies and received his Master of Applied Politics from the University of Akron in 2003.
Craig Brown is an outspoken advocate for community service and believes that public service is a tremendous honor. As a student at Ohio Dominican Brown mentored inner city elementary school students. He is a two time past president of the Salem Lions Club and a current gubernatorial appointee of the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. After Hurricane Katrina Brown traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and managed a shelter for Red Cross disaster volunteers. Currently Brown is a member of the Columbiana County Farm Bureau, Salem Preservation Society, American Association of Political Consultants, and other organizations.
During Brown’s term the Columbiana County recorder’s office has expanded services and made technological advances while being fiscally responsible. Brown has been recognized for his efforts to assist the information needs of military veterans. He has made lists of veterans’ death reports publicly available and began producing wallet-sized military discharge cards. Brown has also been the first Columbiana County recorder to have an office web site. He has also taken steps to reduce the likelihood of identity theft by lobbying for successful legislation to prevent social security numbers from being filed in county recorder offices and by executing internal office measures limiting access to social security numbers.
Recorder Brown is also considered an authority regarding natural gas leasing. The Columbus Dispatch, Akron Beacon Journal, Youngstown Business Journal, and others have interviewed him regarding natural gas drilling issues.
Brown is married to his prom date and high school sweetheart Dr. Rebecca Jean Williamson Brown. The two were wed at St. Paul’s Church in Salem on October 4, 2003 after dating for almost a decade. Mr. and Dr. Brown have two sons. Craig Aaron Brown II was born on March 8, 2005. Jack Carter Brown was born on February 9, 2011. The Browns reside in Salem, Ohio.
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