About Mike

Wadsworth Grizzlies

Mike Kovack is the longest serving Auditor in Medina County history!

A Wadsworth High School alumnus, he graduated with honors from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and 1983 with degrees in Business Administration, Biology and Secondary Education.

An active United States Naval Officer from 1984-1989, Kovack served three decorated tours of duty in the Persian Gulf aboard destroyers and minesweepers.  A reserve officer from 1989-1993, Kovack was recalled to the Naval Reserve following 9/11 in 2001.  He was mobilized four times between 2003 and 2008, including two overseas ground tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was awarded numerous decorations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.  He is a lifetime member of Wadsworth VFW Post #1089.

memorial day 2014
ESGR OHIO Natl Guard
in fatigues

After returning to civilian life, Kovack served as a Wadsworth City Councilman from 1990-91, chairing the Finance Committee, while finishing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He received his Master’s in 1992, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Akron and was named a Presidential Scholar by President George Bush for excellence in the field.

Kovack and his staff have received numerous local, state and national awards and were recognized internationally for their customer service in 2016.  Kovack and his office have been recognized for “Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for 30 consecutive years.  In 1998, he was the first Medina County Auditor to receive the “Outstanding Auditor Award” from the County Auditors' Association of Ohio.

Kovack has received the “Excellence in Accounting” award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) every year in office.
Mike Kovack being sworn in as the CAAO President by Speaker William Batchelder
Mike Kovack being sworn in as the CAAO President by Speaker William Batchelder.

Mike served as president of the Northeast Ohio Auditors Association four times and has also served as president of the statewide County Auditors Association of Ohio (CAAO).

Learn more about the professional & life experience that makes our Auditor so uniquely qualified to continue serving Medina County

Kovack has three children, ten grandchildren, and resides in the City of Medina.

He is active in many community activities and has served on numerous boards across the county including the Medina County Red Cross, Children’s Center of Medina County, Family-A-Fair and others.

He and his office founded the Medina County Regional Pet Adopt-a-thon, which over the course of its 20+ year history, found homes for nearly 1,000 abandoned pets.

Kovack is the chair and founder of the Kovack Family Community Fund, which has distributed over $200,000 in scholarships and assistance throughout its history.

with baby