Carol Contrada has served as Lucas County Commissioner since being elected in 2010, and served as President of the Board of Commissioners from January 2013 to January 2015. She was recently reelected to a second four-year term in November 2014. She is the first County Commissioner to have come directly from the elected position of Township Trustee in over 60 years, and the first from Sylvania Township since 1848. Commissioner Contrada is also a practicing attorney with the law firm of Contrada & Associates.
Currently, Commissioner Contrada represents Lucas County on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the Community Corrections Planning Board, the Integrated Justice System, and the Governance Board. She is coordinating county-wide criminal justice reform initiatives, championing safe neighborhoods, and multi-jurisdictional cooperation. Commissioner Contrada is immediate past chairman of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, having served in a leadership role with TMACOG for over 10 years. She continues her work on regional economic development initiatives, including spearheading the four-county regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which utilizes data in support of catalytic projects in Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood Counties in Ohio and Monroe County Michigan. Other regional initiatives include establishing the Northwest Oho Food Council and coordinating legal research on formation of a regional Maumee Watershed District. Commissioner Contrada also represents Lucas County as a member of the Toledo Zoo Board, the Lucas County Economic Development Corporation, the Records Commission, and the University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center Advisory Board.
Commissioner Contrada’s public service began in 2004, with the first of two four-year elected terms as Sylvania Township Trustee. While a Trustee, Carol championed the use of alternative energy sources, including geothermal heating and passive solar in the construction of three new fire stations. She re-established the labor-management committee, and focused on the delivery of safety services, fiscal transparency and land use planning.
Born in Toledo, Carol was valedictorian of Sylvania High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Denison University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1978, where she graduated in the top 10 of her class and was awarded membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Her professional career includes teaching English at Whitmer High School, where she was a tenured teacher.
Carol and her husband Charlie established the law firm of Contrada & Associates, which represents injured individuals and their families. They live in Sylvania Township and have two children.