Ed Good was born in Wheeling, WV but was raised and has lived in Belmont County his entire life. His first memory relating to the township is the kindness of then equipment operator, Mr. Littleton, who would “always wave to us kids and make sure we could watch him operate the equipment but at a safe distance.” As Ed got older, he further appreciated the man’s interaction with the neighborhood kids.
In 1996, Mead Township had a vacant trustee position. Ed was one of seven people that put their names in for consideration and was selected to fill the unexpired term. He has continued serving in that role for the last 22 years.
The most challenging thing about being a trustee for Ed is trying to provide the same level of service today as in the past. “We have fewer employees and less revenue,” he said. “This, coupled with material price increases makes elected roles more of a challenge.”
Ed encourages anyone interested in becoming a township official to just do it. “I think everyone should get involved and be a part of the process in a positive, productive way,” he said, but cautioned, “It is important if one chooses to run for office that they understand the position and know what is required and expected to do the job properly.”
He appreciates the challenge of being a public servant and believes that the wide variety of issues he faced as an employee at First Energy for 38 years, in addition to his role with Utility Workers Union, has helped him understand how to research the complex issues he faces as a trustee. “I am able to then navigate those discoveries within the system to get results for the residents of Mead Township.”
Two former co-workers and labor leaders are credited with helping mold Ed into the public servant he is today. “Ed Coggins and Freemont Conaway instilled in me, at a very early stage in my work career, to be quick to listen, know the facts, be considerate to all and understand how the issues or challenges affect those involved...today and in the future.”
This sage advice helped him lead an effort working with organized labor, corporate leaders, local government officials and the court to delay the shutdown of a local plant. This allowed for a plan to re-purpose the facility, save jobs and preserve a piece of the local economy. It also helped him create the Mead Township Park District and the OR&W Fire District.
Besides being a trustee, Ed is involved with a number of fraternal organizations in addition to being a husband, father and grandfather. Given his involvement in the community, if you ask him what motivates him it will not come as a surprise that crossing items off his to-do list and getting things accomplished is his driving force. “I am fortunate to serve with some great volunteers and activists who share the load.”
If Ed could have dinner with anyone, he would want to sit down with country singer Johnny Cash to ask him about his life and the inspiration behind his many songs.