Longtime Summit County Councilman Tim Crawford is joining the county administration.

County Executive Ilene Shapiro announced Wednesday that she has hired him as the new deputy director of law, insurance and risk management. He planned to resign from council Wednesday and be in his new position Thursday.

Crawford, 67, a Democrat, has operated a Nationwide insurance agency in Norton for more than 35 years.

“It’s a good natural fit,” he said about the county position. “That’s what I’ve done for 35 years in the insurance industry. Ilene has developed a tremendous team and it’s going to be good to be on that team.”

Crawford, who also previously served as the mayor of Norton, was the longest tenured councilman. He has served on the council since 1993 representing Barberton, Clinton, New Franklin and Norton, and parts of Akron and Coventry Township.

“Tim is a committed public servant who has always shown an unwavering dedication to the people of Summit County,” Shapiro said in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled to have him bring this commitment as well as his many years of experience in the insurance field to my team.”

Crawford, who is selling his insurance agency, replaces Greta Johnson, who has become Shapiro’s assistant chief of staff. His salary will be $78,915 and help bolster his public pension. He is paid $27,638.78 as a district councilman.

“I have never seen myself in ‘retirement’ because I just love what I’m doing,” Crawford said.

The Democratic precinct committee members from the district will choose a temporary replacement for him on council. There also will be an election in the fall to fill out the remainder of the term, which runs through 2020.

Crawford said he will miss council.

“When I was mayor of Norton, we met on Monday nights,” he said. “When I went to County Council, we met on Monday nights for 30 years. I’ve done nothing but gone to a government meeting on Monday nights. So I might show up at some council meeting on a Monday night because I’m bored.”

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.