"I love working for the citizens of Tuscarawas County. I am dedicated and will continuously work to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our great county." -Belle Everett
Belle has served beautiful Tuscarawas County as commissioner for nearly four years. She brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to her job as your county commissioner. She has shown commitment, vision and leadership. Belle has an open door policy and has made it her mission to be available to the public.
“Belle is passionate about the economic well-being of Tuscarawas County and is committed to finding the optimal operational structure that will put our county into the forefront, ready to take advantage of business opportunities that will expand and retain local economic development,” says Wendy Zucal, Community Improvement Corporation President and Executive Director of the Dennison Railroad Museum.
Her dedication to responsible use of natural resources and encouraging environmental stewardship is unrivaled. Belle is a passionate supporter and participant in the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership and has helped lead the cleanup of Mud Run as well; both streams are affected by acid mine drainage and have benefited from millions of dollars in grant funding to restore habitats.
“Belle is one of our most dedicated volunteers, getting into the stream to educate children during our annual field trips and also rallying around expanding our clean-up efforts throughout the region,” says Marissa Lautzenheiser, the Middle Tuscarawas River Watershed Coordinator.
During her time as county commissioner, Belle has worked to encourage responsible growth and use of natural resources for energy production. Belle will continue to ensure that our environment remains safe for our children and future generations.
In addition to her work with Huff Run and Mud Run, Belle serves as a Trustee on the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation, helping support projects and grants to communities around the Muskingum Watershed. She is also a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and active in the Tuscarawas County organization.
Belle is also a past member of the Teamsters Union and Retail Clerk Union. She strongly supports labor organizations and recognizes their importance in supporting a robust local economy.
Belle serves on the following boards and committees:
Before her current position as Tuscarawas County Commissioner, Belle served her community as a Township Trustee in Warwick Township for 11 years. As a result of her leadership and exceptional work ethic, she also served seven years as Director of the Ohio Township Association. During her time as Township Trustee, Belle was appointed by Gov. Strickland and reappointed by Gov. Kasich to the Ohio EPA Solid Waste Advisory Council, demonstrating the bipartisan support she garnered.
Belle is a lifelong resident of Tuscarawas County. She has been married for 40 years to her husband, Jack, who is retired from G.E. in Dover. Jack is a disabled Vietnam Veteran and is currently serving on the Tuscarawas County Veterans Service Commission. They have enjoyed raising their three children, Abigail, Nathan and Nicholas in Tuscarawas County. Abigail currently lives in Green, Ohio and has her B.A. from Ohio University and her Masters of Science from Franklin University. Nathan served in the United States Air Force from 1995 to 2015 and is currently living near Fairchild A.F.B. in Spokane, Washington. Nicholas lives in Rockbridge Ohio and is employed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller at Port Columbus International Airport. Jack and Belle also have seven grandchildren that they love and cherish.