Tara Samples was elected in November 2013. She is chair of the Public Utilities Committee and vice chair of the Housing Committee and serves on the Parks & Recreation and Public Service Committees.
Samples attended the University of Akron majoring in Political Science/Public Policy Management then transferring to the Academy of Court Reporting receiving her degree in Paralegal Studies with a Minor in Business Administration. Her past professional employment includes United States Postal Service; Akron Municipal Court bailiff; White Hat Management paralegal and board liaison; and Parms Law Firm office manager. Her civic memberships and affiliations include National League of Cities Public Safety & Crime Prevention Steering Committee 2014, 2016 and 2018; elected to the Ohio Delegation 2012, 2016; Ohio Democratic Party member; and National Paralegal Association member.
Samples currently serves on the NEFCO Board and is the acting Secretary/Treasurer for the Akron Bath Copley Joint Township Hospital District. Her Ward 5 meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at EANDC, 550 S. Arlington St., or Findley CLC, 65 West Tallmadge Ave., depending upon the month. Samples also hosts a "Tea with Tara" on the first Saturday of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. at locations throughout Ward 5.
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