John O'Grady

County Commissioner

Franklin County, OH

John O’Grady has been a strong advocate for spending transparency and economic development since being elected as Franklin County Commissioner in 2008.  During his tenure on the Board of Commissioners, he has supported several important construction projects to grow opportunity in Franklin County.

Previously, John served as County Clerk of Courts from 2000 to 2008, where he brought the accounting principles he learned as a small business owner in the private sector to focus on tightening fiscal controls in the wake of the fraud and corruption perpetrated by a former Clerk.  Among the reforms he implemented, John created an internal auditor position and instituted competitive bidding, saving a significant amount of tax-payers’ money.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

In order to attract new jobs in the changing economy, workers need to have skills that match what businesses are looking for.

Solution

Franklin County’s WIT-G program incentivizes businesses to train additional new employees, allowing them to invest elsewhere while providing workers with quality jobs and the skills they need to work in expanding and evolving industries. Rather than training workers in general skills, the program works directly with companies to teach skills that are tailored to currently available jobs and carefully coordinates with city and state levels of government to avoid duplication with other initiatives"