Commissioner Crooks . . .

Mollie Crooks, Muskingum County Commissioner


Mollie Crooks

Mollie S. Crooks was elected by the voters of Muskingum County to serve as Commissioner in 2016. She began her public service with Vision, Passion & Leadership on January 3, 2017.


A Message From Mollie


I have devoted my life to living, working, and serving Muskingum County!  I bring energy, enthusiasm and excellence to each project, organization, club, event (and even a Holiday Parade) that I undertake…..with the sincere desire that my efforts will positively impact our children, families, and citizens.


I have a passion to serve…to lead…to make a difference…to do what others say can’t be done. I was raised in a blue-collar family where honesty, integrity, and hard work were inherent expectations. I was the first in my extended family to graduate college. I worked for organizations and managers who mentored and encouraged me to grow personally and professionally. I received many blessings from this community and dedicated my life to serving and championing the benefits of Muskingum County.


It is time for me to “pay it forward”. As your County Commissioner, I will mobilize people to make CHANGE happen…with Vision, Passion, and Leadership!



Employment Experience


Non-Profit Business Leader

  • Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2000-2016
  • Expanded service area to four Counties (Muskingum, Guernsey, Morgan & Noble Counties)
  • Increased number of children served by 650%
  • Raised $1.9 million through fundraising special events
  • Secured $1.45 million in local, state and federal grants
  • Connected with local and state leaders and elected officials to secure mentoring grants/dollars for Muskingum County


Small Business Entrepreneur since 2008

  • Co-own and operate Trikes by Rodney, LLC


Healthcare Marketing and Communications

  • 20 Years Experience with Genesis Hospice, Bethesda Hospital/Genesis Healthcare System, and Pediatric Associates of Zanesville



 Community and Professional Involvement


Rotary International

  • Facilitator, District Visioning Team, Rotary District 6690
  • Past District Membership Chair, Rotary District 6690
  • Past President, Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville
  • First Female Sergeant-At-Arms, Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville

President, Muskingum County Women’s Republican Club

Member, Muskingum County Farm Bureau

Member, Muskingum County Township Association

AOP-20 Network of Champions

Member, Restored Citizens Network

Past Member, Genesis Spirit of Women Advisory Council

Past President, Zanesville South Business Association

Past Chair, Zanesville South Christmas Parade

Past President, Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association

Past President, OSU Extension Advisory Council

Past Co-Chair, Mid-East CTC Levy Campaign


Muskingum County Commissioner-related involvement:

  • Member, County Commissioners Association of Ohio
  • Board Member, Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce
  • Executive Committee and Board Member, Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA)
  • Member, Board of Revision
  • Member, Muskingum County Planning Commission
  • Member, Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority
  • Member, SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District


Awards and Recognition:

Maysville High School

            Alumni Hall of Fame 2017


Muskingum Family Y’s Women of Achievement

            Aldine Roach Flegal Special Recognition Award 2008


Noon Rotary Club of Zanesville

            Young Rotarian of the Year 2006

            Rotarian of the Year 2008


Ohio Chapter of National School Public Relations Assn

            Friend of Education Award 2007


Mid-East Career and Technology Center

            Alumni Hall of Fame 2003


Muskingum County Community Foundation

            Ray Thomas Community Service Award 1998


United Way

            Arline and Clay Littick Volunteer Service Award 1992





Commissioner Mollie S. Crooks is born, raised, educated, and mentored in Muskingum County. Mollie graduated from Maysville High School & Muskingum Area Joint Vocational School (currently Mid-East Career & Technology Center). She has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Muskingum Area Technical College (Zane State) and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Ohio University-Zanesville.


Mollie and Rodney Crooks married in 1992 and their blended family consists of two children and seven grandchildren. Daughter, Lacey Higgins (Andrew) Geyer, is the third generation owner of Higgins Lumber Company in Roseville and son, Jed (Beth Irvin) Crooks, is employed by Spectrum/Time Warner Cable.


In support of her husband’s dream to own his own business, Mollie and Rodney began Trikes by Rodney, LLC, in 2008. The business converts 2-wheeled motorcycles to 3-wheeled trikes.