Township Trustees

Hinckley Township currently has three trustees.  Regular Trustee meetings are held every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.mAll meetings are held at the Hinckley Administration Building located at 1410 Ridge Road. Residents are welcome to join for coffee and conversation.  Please call to be added to the agenda, to allow ample time for discussion. Other special meetings will be set up and advertised in the Medina County Gazette as needed.

For a complete list of upcoming and archived meetings, visit our meetings page.

Jim Burns

Chairman


Jim and his wife, Wendy, residents of Hinckley for 26 years, have raised 3 children, Lane, Ann, and JJ.  Jim won his seat as Trustee by one vote! He is grateful for the opportunity to serve his community. With tremendous enthusiasm and a light-hearted but persistent attitude he has completed many large projects for the Township while saving the township many hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Jim is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, summa cum laude, with an Executive MBA. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Master.  Jim started his own company in 2002 providing design, engineering, manufacturing, and sales services to domestic manufacturers.  For the past 20 years, he has volunteered at the Strongsville Senior Center teaching wood shop classes.  He has dedicated 25 years with Boy Scout Troop 226 in Strongsville as a scout leader and supervisor of high adventure expeditions.

Jim is driven in his job as Trustee to improve the condition of the roads in the Township advocating for increased funding to short-circuit a growing problem. Under his watch he has transformed the Township Service Department to be more independent of contracted services hiring four very talented service employees to compelte more road repair, drainage, and maintenance work in-house.

Jim currently serves as liaison to the Service Department (Roads and Bridges), Township buildings, cemeteries and parks.

Primary Phone: 

330.278.4181

Cell Phone: 

330.410.8946

Melissa Augustine

Vice-Chairman


Melissa and her family have lived in Hinckley since 2003. She had been active at Hinckley Elementary School since that time, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Melissa was appointed as Hinckley Trustee in February 2017. Her years of not for profit business experience was vital in managing Township needs. Melissa is a member of the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce and the Hinckley Women's Club. Elected to the Hinckley Board of Trustees in November 2019 to serve a four-year term, Melissa will serve as the liaison for Fire and Police and Solid Waste and Recycling.

Primary Phone: 

330.278.4181

Cell Phone: 

330.421.8266

Christopher Kalina

Trustee


Chris was born and raised just next door in North Royalton and his ties to Hinckley ensured his family never missed a Buzzard Day while growing up! He has over two decades of leadership experience in government, education, and non-profit organizations. Prior to his appointment as Township Trustee, Chris served several years as Chair of the Hinckley Township Zoning Commission. In addition to serving on the Medina County Planning Commission, Chris is the Zoning and Administration liaison for the Township. Chris's goal is to preserve Hinckley's rural atmosphere and scenic vistas through smart planning.

As an active member of the community, Chris has chaired neighboring zoning commissions and previously served as a Township Trustee. He has also volunteered time with RAH, served on the Wakefield Run HOA board and chaired the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Board, The Ohio State University Extension and WVIZ/PBS ideastream Advisory Boards. In addition to being recognized for his community service by local law enforcement and the Ohio National Guard, Chris is a graduate of Leadership Medina County. He has also gained two master's degrees along with State of Ohio Department of Education Licensure.

Chris married his high school sweetheart Carrie and they have two children, Blake and Collin, who attended Highland Local Schools from pre-school through graduation.

Primary Phone: 

330.278.4181

Cell Phone: 

216-399-2901