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Johnson named to seat on workers compensation board

June 10, 2011
By TOM GIAMBRONI - Staff Writer , Morning Journal News

LISBON - Columbiana County Republican Party chairman and business owner David Johnson has been appointed to the state board that sets policy for workers compensation claims and oversees agency investments.

Johnson's appointment to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation board was among three such appointments made this week by Gov. John Kasich to the 11-member board. Kasich is a Republican.

"It's an honor to be asked by the governor to work on something as important as the BWC board," Johnson said, adding he was nominated for the position by a committee consisting of representatives from the Ohio Manufacturers Association, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, organized labor and the Ohio Municipal League, among others.

"It's a pretty diverse group on the board," he said, adding both organized labor and business are allocated representatives on the board. Johnson will occupy the seat for businesses with more than 100 employees.

In addition to being Republican Party chairman, Johnson is president of the Summitville Tile Co., which employs 150 workers. He also owns the Spread Eagle Tavern, with another 35 employees.

Summitville Tile was recently honored for going 652,526 consecutive hours without a single accident that resulted in lost time. "I think that's the hands-on perspective the governor wants me to bring to the board," Johnson said.

The position pays $2,500 per meeting and the board meets twice a month, for an annual salary of $60,000. "I didn't realize when I was asked this was a paid position," he said.

Unlike some boards, Johnson said this is working board that oversees a department with 2,000 employees that oversees 1.3 million workers at 220,000 businesses and manages $2 billion in investment assets.

"There's an awful lot involved. You don't just show up for a meeting," he said.

Johnson's appointment still has to be confirmed by the Ohio Senate, "but I don't expect any problems," he said.



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