Mission Statement: To educate and all people in the wise use of our natural resources.
The Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District is governed by a five-member board that serve staggered, three-year terms beginning January 1st and ending December 31st.
Brian Murphy- Chairman
Brian is a lifelong resident of Belmont County. He attended Union Local Schools growing up. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of The Ohio State University ATI.
He now operates a farm in the county raising corn, soybeans and hay with his wife Audrey and 4 children.
Dan Freund- Vice Chairman
Dan lives outside of Bridgeport off of St.R 250. He has been a farmer for his entire life. His family covers about 500 acres and consists of a cow-calf operation with about 60 head of cattle.
Mr. Freund, since retiring from the construction trade after more than 30 years of service, now spends his time tending the farm and taking hay..
Cynthia Shaw- Fiscal Agent
Cynthia Shaw is a lifelong resident of 53 years of Belmont County, Ohio
Shaw is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Accounting.
Shaw currently is the Managing member for TERA Properties and Shaw Farms, consisting of approx. 1500 acres. These properties are currently being utilized for hay, corn, soybean, and cattle pasturing.
Shaw is also a board member and assistant for Shaw Farms Equine and Therapeutic Center, where they assist children with disabilities through horseback riding.
During her tenure as CFO of Bellaire Local Schools from 2011 thru 2014, Shaw developed financial strategies which assisted the District to be lead out of fiscal emergency
Shaw was the owner/operator of approximately 20 years of Shaw’s Drive Thru’s, Cyndi’s BP, and Bellaire Party Center located in Warwood, Glendale, Bellaire, Bridgeport and St. Clairsville.
Cynthia Shaw appreciates the opportunity to serve Belmont County residents while embracing her core values of integrity and innovation along with the motivation to assist Belmont County Soil and Conservation to greater heights.
Josh Moore- Secretary
Josh has lived in Belmont County for the past 18 years. He owns and operates a beef cattle farm near Barnesville Ohio with his wife Bethany and his 2 children. He was raised on a beef farm in Monroe County which he continues to operate. He is the coordinator of vocational education for students with disabilities at Mid-East Careers and Technology Center in Senecaville Ohio. He has previously served on the Barnesville Board of Education as well as the president of the board. He enjoys spending time with his family and helping his kids with their 4-H projects.
Thomas Duvall- Public Relations
member.Tom is a 47 year resident of Belmont County and a graduate of St. Clairsville High School 91’. Tom is currently a scout master for the Boys Scouts of America and has served as such for the past 3 years. He oversees his sons scout troop 212 in Shadyside. He is the father of 2 sons Jason and Jonathan as well as an outdoor enthusiast. While he enjoys fly fishing on Captina Creek, he is also an avid turkey hunter during gun season. Overall Tom loves being outdoors any chance he gets and would be honored to serve as a SWCD board