Tina Skeldon Wozniak Biography
Tina has served Lucas County residents since December 2002, though she began her public service career in 1997 when she joined Toledo City Council as the District 5 representative.
Under Tina’s leadership, the Board of County Commissioners has successfully maintained a balanced budget and reserve balance without impacting critical public services and infrastructure. The Board is currently planning for a new Lucas County Canine Care & Control facility, as well as a new Corrections Center.
The County is also completing major developments to help spur new economic growth, including the renovation of the convention center and construction of a new ballroom; the development of a new 300-room Hilton hotel in downtown Toledo; and the award-winning Huntington Center, which is home to the Toledo Walleye. The Board is committed to a business and employee-friendly climate.
At Tina’s urging, and with the support of her fellow Commissioners, the Board created the position of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the county government. This position reinforces the County’s commitment to create, maintain, and foster a diverse and inclusive workplace, promote racial equity, and combat racism and disparities.
Tina serves as the Commissioners’ representative to the County’s Workforce Development Board. The County successfully initiated the Work Ready Lucas County program which created a workforce pipeline to connect skilled workers to employers. The Lucas County Department of Planning and Development recently moved to our new “shared campus” at 3737 W. Sylvania Ave., which created a multi-agency complex to house key services for our residents. The Commissioners are happy to have Planning and Development, OhioMeansJobs Lucas County, Lucas County Job and Family Services, Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency, and the Lucas County Board of Elections all under one roof.
Tina and her colleagues have partnered with the local criminal justice system to pursue meaningful comprehensive criminal justice reform. Tina has focused on increasing access to treatment for individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance abuse disorders.
Creating a sustainable Lucas County has also been a priority for Tina. She founded the Toledo Lucas County Sustainability Commission and led the community in developing a comprehensive sustainability plan called “Going Beyond Green.” Tina spearheaded the Western Lake Erie Nutrient Source Inventory (NSI), an interactive map showing sources of nutrients in the western Lake Erie watershed.
Tina has been involved with many initiatives to make Lucas County a great place to live, work, and play. She is a champion for families and children, and she endorsed a $3.5 million investment in a partnership with the Arts Commission to support artists and cultural organizations financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to her work as an elected official, Tina is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University. Tina and her husband of 40+ years, Russ, live in downtown Toledo. They have three children – Aaron (Margaret), Sam (BreAnne), and Joe, and four grandchildren – Josie, Annie, Ava, and William.