Russell M. Pry was sworn in as Summit County Executive on July 13, 2007. As Executive, Russ Pry serves as the chief executive officer of county government, with an annual budget of nearly a half a billion dollars. County departments under the Executive’s authority include: Administrative Services, Communications, Community and Economic Development, Sanitary Sewer Services, Finance and Budget, Human Resources, Job and Family Services, Law, Insurance and Risk Management, and the Medical Examiner.
Since being appointed to the position of Executive, Russ Pry has focused a significant amount of efforts on improving local economic development. As a result, Executive Pry, along with city and state officials, played a leading role in keeping Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Technical Center and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Global and North American Headquarters and Innovation Center in Akron. Together, both projects will ensure that 3,900 jobs remain in Summit County.
Community partnerships have been the hallmark of the Pry administration. Executive Pry collaborated with numerous government offices and community organizations in and effort to save tax dollars, eliminate governmental redundancies and enhance services for citizens. As one example, under Executive Pry's leadership, the County has consolidated building department operations with the City of Akron and several other communities. Additionally, Executive Pry brought together over 53 agencies to establish and lead the County's highly successful and award winning early childhood initiative, First Things First.
Russell M. Pry, a lifelong resident of Summit County, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Kent State University and obtained a Juris Doctorate from The University of Akron, School of Law in 1984. He currently resides in Akron.