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Park Commissioners


Canton Park Commission Board Members are listed below.  To contact the board, please email  


Andy Black

President, Andrew Black

Mgr. Technical Services at The Timken Company

Andy Black graduated from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in the area of structural design. In 1989 he obtained an MBA from Kent State University in Kent, OH. As Manager of Engineering Services, Alloy Steel, Andy's responsibilities at Timken include the installation of the new Continuous Vertical Bloom Caster and Ladle Refiner at the Faircrest Steel Plant. He has been with the company since 1982, and also serves on Canton's City Planning Commission. He and his wife, Kathy have two daughters.




sam sliman

Sam Sliman


michael hanke

Michael Hanke







Director, Derek Gordon

Derek grew up in Canton, Ohio and after graduating from McKinley High School attended Mount Union College where he earned degrees in Political Science and Education. He recently obtained his Masters in Political Administration from Kent State University. He previously worked as Manager Assistant in the Office of the Mayor. He is currently the Park Director of Canton Parks. Derek resides in Canton with his wife, Emily.






To contact a member of the Board of Park Commissioners, contact Derek Gordon at (330) 489-3015 or