Voice of County Leadership: Ty Moore, Noble County Commissioner
How long have you been a county commissioner?
I have been a Noble County commissioner for five years. This is my sixth year.
Can you tell me about yourself?
My name is Ty Moore. I am a 1987 graduate of Caldwell High School. I played football, basketball and baseball in high school. I am a 1992 graduate of Bucknell University. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While at Bucknell, I was also a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
What is your professional background?
Professionally, I am a third generation owner of R.C. Moore Doors in Caldwell, Ohio. I also do color commentary for football and basketball for WMOA radio in Marietta, Ohio.
What other elected positions have you held?
The only other elected position I have held is captain of the 1987 Caldwell football team.
Why did you first run? Why did you want to be a commissioner?
I wanted to inject some fresher thoughts and strategies into the Noble County Commissioners’ office. My thought was running and winning would help navigate Noble County towards a more promising future.
What are you most proud of for having achieved in your time as commissioner?
We have accomplished many things. I am proud of what we are currently doing. Our East of I-77 Water Project will supply 127 homes with water. This will allow for more development in that area because there will be available water.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with as a county commissioner?
Every day is a challenge. Each issue presented to me on a day-to-day basis, I consider my biggest challenge.
What was the biggest surprise or adjustment after taking office?
Wearing a tie and being on-call 24-7. I answer my phone all hours of the day and evening.
One of the primary responsibilities of a commissioner is to develop a balanced budget and provide adequate resources to deliver county services. What has been one of the biggest challenges in that area?
Our biggest challenge has been making water available to every household in the rural areas of Noble County.
How have you or what has your county been doing to participate in the state-county partnership?
I have established close relationships with State Senator Frank Hoagland and State Representative Don Jones. In addition, I have established a relationship with Congressman Bill Johnson. These are three huge allies for Southeastern Ohio.
Could you discuss your involvement with CCAO as well as the benefits of being an active member?
I was actually the first commissioner from Noble County to attend the CCAO Winter Conference back in 2016, and I look forward to attending the conference each year. The relationships I made have been invaluable. Networking with commissioners from counties that have similar issues enable us to work together to find solutions. CCAO provides county commissioners the opportunity to form these relationships.
What are your main priorities or personal causes? What is it about those particular issues that matter so much?
My top priority is to provide Noble County with a leader they can trust. Leadership is not about being the best, it is about making everyone better. My philosophy is to be a quarterback in life.
What improvements will the American Rescue Plan Act dollars allow you to make to your county?
Our American Rescue Plan Act dollars will be used primarily on providing water. With water readily available, it will promote growth in our county.
What do you find are the most successful methods for reaching out to the residents of your county to communicate what your office is doing and why it’s doing it?
My most successful method of communicating with county residents is being seen in public. I want the residents to feel comfortable approaching me and asking me questions. I am always willing to take a phone call or take a drive out to a resident’s home to address a concern. Our local newspaper and radio station do a great job of reporting on our county commissioner’s office. Being available and accountable is very important.
Do you have anything to add?
There are four rules I try to apply every time I walk into the Noble County courthouse.
- Do your job.
- Treat people right.
- Give all-out effort.
- Have an all-in attitude.