The Marion County Commissioners recently appointed Robert (Bob) King to serve as a board member of the Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD).
King, originally from Zanesville has called Marion home for the past 30 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at Aurora College in Chicago and went on to earn a Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton. He is also a Licensed Social Worker (LSW).
King’s experience and knowledge are vast. He spent the majority of his career serving the juvenile population either through the court system, Children Services and as a school counselor. He has also been employed by OhioHealth and served as the Operations Manager at North Central Ohio Juvenile Justice Center here in Marion, which he helped build.
King has served our community as a volunteer board member for both MCBDD and the Homeless Shelter. He is also extremely involved in his church, Marion Salem UMC and is a member of the VFW and the Y-men.
He is excited to have the opportunity to support MCBDD in this capacity again and said he hopes to provide insight and perspective that will positively impact the goal of supporting those in the community with developmental disabilities.
King said this about his recent appointment, “I see growth and a bright future for the County Board of DD and I’m happy to be a part of their success.”
He has been an intracule part of creating great programs in Marion County. He was the co-founder of Five Nights on Campus (with Deb Shade); cofounder Wild Child Conference (with Cheryl Cobb); codeveloper (with the late John Butterworth) of the OPATA (Ohio Police Officers Training Academy) program.
Cheryl Plaster, MCBDD Superintendent said, “We are excited to have Bob back on our board. His experience and expertise provide a valuable perspective and will serve us well as we continue to strategically move the organization forward.”
King enjoys saltwater fishing, gardening, and cooking in his time of leisure. He and his wife, JoEllen King also enjoy time with their daughter, her husband, and their granddaughter.