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Mr. James A. Shields

Human Resources Director & Legal Counsel

A lifelong member of the Medina community, Jim is passionate and committed to the success of the Medina community.

Jim has served as the Human Resources Director and Legal Counsel for the Medina City School District since 2001. Jim also serves as Medina City Council Ward 4 Councilman. Jim considers himself blessed to live, work and volunteer in a community that he loves. He is committed to the success of Medina and will go out of his way to help any community member, using his connections to help further develop the quality of life for others.

Jim has been active over the years with many Medina organizations and community groups. These include Medina Jaycees; Medina Kiwanis; Medina County Bar Association; United Way of Medina County; Hospice of Medina County; Feckley Foundation and Stephenson Foundation Advisory Board; Medina County Police Athletic League; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Medina High School Key Club; Junior Achievement; Medina Youth Baseball; Medina Youth Basketball; American Legion Buckeye Boys State Selection Committee; Sons of the American Legion; Medina County Juvenile/Probate Court Citizen Advisory Board; and the Medina Community Citizens Policy Academy. Jim also is a graduate of Leadership Medina County.

Jim is the recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital Community Service Award, Rotary Medina Citizen of the Year, Ohio State Bar Association Outstanding Community Service Award for Lawyers Under 40, Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows Program, FirstMerit First Community Service Award, Medina Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, and Old Phoenix Bank President's Award.

A graduate of Medina High School, Jim received his law degree with honors from the University of Akron School of Law and his bachelor's degree with honors from Miami University. He previously served as vice president and trust officer at FirstMerit Old Phoenix Bank in Medina.