YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Probate Judge Robert N. Rusu, Jr. has announced how interested Mahoning County residents can apply to be considered for the vacancy on the Mill Creek MetroPark Board of Commissioners.

The judge is seeking applicants who are interested in filling the vacancy of Michael Senchak, who recently resigned. The new commissioner would serve the time left in Senchak’s three-year term, which began on January 1, 2016 and runs through December 2018.

The new commissioner will be required to attend monthly board meetings, special meetings, workshops and board retreats as necessary. In addition, they will be expected to review monthly departmental and financial reports, create and review park policies, be familiar with Ohio Sunshine Law’s regarding public meetings and Ohio Revised Code which governs MetroParks in Ohio, according to Rusu.

Judge Rusu said that an effective Commissioner will also be a frequent park user, attend park events and become acquainted with the history of Mill Creek Park.

All commissioners serve on a volunteer basis and are unpaid. Eligible candidates also must successfully pass a criminal background check.

In a move to increase transparency in the selection process, Judge Rusu previously announced that he formed a “Selection Committee,” which will screen the candidates and make recommendations.

Those interested in applying should submit a written application at the Mahoning County Probate Court on or before 4:30 p.m. May 6, 2016. Applications can be obtained at the court or on the Probate Court’s website.