The policies and general operations in Bainbridge are controlled by three trustees and a fiscal officer who work with over 50 employees at the Town Hall, Police, and Road Departments.  The trustees have an annual budget of $7 million.

Lorrie Sass Benza, Trustee

Lorrie Sass BenzaLorrie Benza was re-elected to the position of Bainbridge Township Trustee in November 2013, and is serving in her second term that runs through December 31, 2017.  Mrs. Benza grew up in Geauga's Chester Township where her father served as township trustee for many years.

Mrs. Benza served as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor and Director of the Civil Division for the Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office where she worked from 1992-2000, under David P. Joyce.  She then worked at the Cleveland law firm of Kahn, Kleinman before opting to be a full time stay-at-home mom and community volunteer.

Benza served as chair and member to the Bainbridge Township Zoning Commission before being appointed to the Bainbridge Township Board of Zoning Appeals, where she served for two years.  She has also served as secretary-treasurer in her term on the Geauga County Planning Commission.  Mrs. Benza has also volunteered as a coach working with local students through activities of Kenston Community Education.

Mrs. Benza is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (1985, dual BA) and of Pepperdine University School of Law (1989, JD.)  She is married to Michael J. Benza (CWRU, 1986; CWRU Law, 1992.)  The couple has three children:  Kyra, Samara and Michael.

Jeffrey S. Markley, Trustee

Jeffrey S. MarkleyMr. Markley was elected in November 2005 and is currently serving his third four (4) year term as Township Trustee.  Mr. Markley’s current tenure continues through December 31, 2017.  Mr. Markley serves as the liaison to the Fire Department and is a member of the Chagrin Valley Intergovernmental Council.

Mr. Markley has been a resident of Bainbridge since 1993, living in the picturesque Lake Lucerne subdivision.  He is a registered landscape architect with the State of Ohio and principal of LANDesign, LLC, a Bainbridge Township-based Land Planning and Landscape Architecture firm.  He currently serves as city planner for the City of Independence and the City of Twinsburg.  Mr. Markley is also involved with Ohio Stream Preservation, a locally-based, state-wide conservation organization, serving as its Executive Director.

Mr. Markley served on the Bainbridge Township Zoning Commission from 1997 – 2002 and participated on the Citizens Advisory Committee to help develop the township’s vision plan.  He was a member of the Township’s Park Board, beginning in 1994 and serving as chairman from 2000 – 2004.  Mr. Markley was active as the project manager for River Road Park and the S.R.306/I-422 Interchange Beautification project, and developed the landscape maintenance program for all of the township’s parks, cemeteries and facilities.

Locally, Mr. Markley was a member of the Lake Lucerne Architectural Review Board, and led the community’s successful effort to dialog with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the re-location of Chillicothe Road (S.R. 306).  He served as coach and volunteer for the former Kenston Athletic Association (now Kenston Community Education, “KCE”), served as a member of the KAA Advisory Committee, was a co-founder of Kenston Futbol Club (a youth travel soccer program) and a parent volunteer for Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop 102 in Bainbridge.  Mr. Markley frequently donates professional design and consulting services for a variety of Kenston-based initiatives including the Kenston High School Varsity baseball and softball fields, the entrance to the Kenston High School Stadium, the Gardiner School Soccer Fields, playground projects, and other worthy community efforts.

Mr. Markley is a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School (1982), Miami University (1986, BA) and the Ohio State University (1989, MLA).  He is married to Lori and they share two children, Garrett and Elise.  The family are active members of Holy Angels Church in Bainbridge Township as well as local youth sports and scouting organizations.

Kristina O'Brien, Trustee

Kristina O'BrienKristina O'Brien was elected to the Bainbridge Township Board of Trustees in November, 2015.  This is Kristina's first time serving as an elected public official.  Since 1994, Kristina worked in the private sector, running and eventually owning several successful businesses in the real estate title insurance industry.

For the year 2017, Kristina is the liaison for the Service Department.  Also, she is the township representative to the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

Kristina was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and is married to Greg O'Brien.  In 1999, they chose to reside in Bainbridge Township to raise their family.  The O'Briens have three sons, Josef, William and Shane.  Kristina volunteered on the St. Joan of Arc School P.T.O. and was a member of the finance committee at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School ("NDCL") which reported to the Board of Trustees.

Kristina is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy (now NDCL) (1986), Xavier University (B.A., 1990) and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1994).

Janice S. Sugarman, Fiscal Officer

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Janice S. Sugarman was appointed Fiscal Officer of Bainbridge Township on December 19, 2016. She previously served in the same position from December 2014 to   March 2016. Prior to that, Mrs. Sugarman worked at the Bainbridge Township Fire Department as Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief for two years.

Mrs. Sugarman grew up in Rochester, NY, moved to Ohio in 1990 and has resided in Bainbridge Township since 1997 when she married her husband, Pete.

Mrs. Sugarman worked for 19 years at technology companies before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom in 2005. Since 2004, she has volunteered her time on the Kenston Schools PTO boards, serving five years as President. She has also been a member of the PTO Council board of the Chagrin Valley Women’s League for five years.

Mrs. Sugarman is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BA degree in Communications. She has two sons, Lou and Joe, who both attend Kenston Schools. Her husband, Pete, runs a family business that has been in Bainbridge Township since 1975, and he graduated from Kenston Schools.