A member of the Clintonville Area Commission has been charged with drafting a letter seeking to have a local business owner appointed to a state board.
The letter being prepared by District 7 representative Jason Meek seeks to have Longview Barbershop owner David Carty appointed to what is now a combined board that oversees both barbers and cosmetologists.
The merger of the two licensing boards took effect Jan. 21.
Carty said he approached Meek about seeking the area commission's support for his bid to be named to one of two slots on the State Cosmetology and Barber Board set aside after attending a meeting at which he discovered neither was occupied.
Carty predicted it may take a month or more to get through the process of having his appointment considered.
The governor makes appointments to the merged board.
"For a guy who isn't involved in politics or particularly interested in it most of the time, it is a grinding process," Carty said.
"This is kind of the first step in the process for me."
In making his pitch for supporting Carty for the board, Meek said at the Feb. 1 CAC meeting that Longview Barbershop is the oldest barbershop in Columbus and the oldest business in Clintonville.
Carty has owned the shop for more than two decades.
David Vottero, District 1 representative, made the motion to have Meek write the letter, saying Carty serving on the board was a "totally good idea."
The State Board of Cosmetology and the Ohio State Barber Board were created in the early 1930s to establish and maintain sanitary and professional standards in beauty salons and barber shops, according to an August 2017 report on the law combining the two prepared by Tom Wert, budget analyst with the Legislative Services Commission.
The State Board of Cosmetology, the analysis noted, oversees nearly 113,000 licensees, including not only beauty salons and individual cosmetologists but also the indoor tanning industry.
The Ohio State Barber Board, prior to the merger, oversaw more than 11,000 active licenses.
The functions of the two boards were combined under House Bill 49.
"Under the bill, the combined boards would be renamed the State Cosmetology and Barber Board," Wert wrote.
"Governance of the new board will consist of the existing 11 members of the State Board of Cosmetology and, under the merged entity, two barbers."
"The combining of the two boards was something very controversial and took a long time to happen," Carty said.
"I think on both sides people would have been more comfortable with the status quo."
Now Carty said he isn't comfortable with having no representation for barbers on the combined licensing board.
Carty said he was grateful to CAC members for unanimously backing his appointment.
"What they did ... was amazing," he said. "It meant a lot for me because it's a way for me to get the ball rolling."
Carty will take the letter to elected state officials seeking their guidance on how to proceed.