Joseph Reed was appointed to serve as a park commissioner for the Wayne County Park District by Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Latecia Wiles. Reed replaces Joel Berry, who retired after 11 years of service on the board.
Reed is an associate attorney with the Kropf Wagner Law Firm in Orrville. He is a 2012 graduate of The Ohio State University and Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law.
He resides in Smithville with his wife, Julie.
“I am looking forward to serving on the board and using my expertise and passion to provide the citizens of Wayne County with greater opportunities to learn about and appreciate our county’s natural resources and beauty,” Reed said.
The retiring Berry was appointed to the position in 2009 and served as chairman since 2011. He is credited with reorganizing the Friends of the Park to help the board develop the 76-acre Barnes Preserve, a nature park with diverse habitats, and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Under Berry’s direction, the Barnes Preserve garnered four Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) grants and two local grants to begin developing approximately one-mile of asphalt trails, a large pavilion, an observation deck overlooking a wetland pond, and two parking lots. He also orchestrated yearly Christmas tree sales to raise funds for the district.