December 21, 2016 | Mark Higdon (614) 885-5115 x402 (614) 787-5644 (cell) Office Hours: M-F by appointment Email Mark From the Director We all want our properties to look good from the curb and from next door. We want our properties to be safe and healthy. We also want our properties to maintain their values. For those reasons, in 2013 the Sharon Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed the Exterior Property Maintenance Code (EPMC) for the unincorporated portions of the Township. As Code Enforcement Director (CED), my job is to administer the Code. The Code’s mission is to enhance Sharon Township’s livability by protecting the health, safety and environment of its residents and visitors. The Township’s policy is to seek, encourage and facilitate willing and voluntary code compliance whenever possible. Each resident’s compliance with the Code benefits all others. All residents’ compliance accomplishes the Code’s mission. About the Director Mark Higdon has been a resident of unincorporated Sharon Township since 1985. During that time, he has worked in advertising, public relations, political consulting and teaching. His work background prior to those years includes home construction and real estate mass appraisal. Sharon Township hired Mark in 2011 to lead a citizen committee in drafting the Exterior Property Maintenance Code, which was adopted unanimously by the Trustees in 2013. In January, 2014, Mark was hired by the Trustees as Director of Code Enforcement. Since then, he has built the department into its present, sound state of organization and functioning: saving Township funds by designing a case management system based on commonly used software and procedures. He has pursued continuing education opportunities regularly, including course work under the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Engineering Professional Development. At his own initiative, time and expense, he achieved Certification by the International Code Council (ICC) in 2017 as a Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector. Mark is a member the Ohio Code Enforcement Officials Association (OCEOA). He represents Sharon Township in its ICC membership. The Code Enforcement Director serves Township residents at a half-time level.