Scouts elect new council president

At the February executive board meeting of the Chief Cornplanter Council, the council nominating committee brought Mike Barrett’s name for considetation to be the 38th Council President of the Chief Cornplanter Council, Boy Scouts of America, replacing Sean Ellsworth in that position. Barrett had been serving on the scout executive board as vice president of membership. His nomination was unanimously accepted by the board, and he is officially the new council president for the Scouts.

Barrett grew up in West Mifflin and graduated from Thiel College with degrees in accounting and business administration. At Thiel he met his wife, Melanie, and they have been married for 25 years. They have two daughters, Kasey (WAHS 2008) and Jackie (WAHS 2011). Barrett and family came to Warren from Houston, Texas, in 2003 when Ellwood Group Inc. purchased the assets of the National Forge Company, and he has held leadership positions in accounting, sales and marketing, and quality while at Ellwood National Crankshaft. He is currently general manager of ENC. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Warren and currently also serves as the treasurer of Family Services of Warren County

Scout executive Kevin Bonner said, “Mike is very well suited to be a great council president. On behalf of our Scouts and volunteers, we all welcome Mike to this important position and look forward to great things under his leadership.”

Bonner went on to say, “I would be remiss not to sincerely thank Sean Ellsworth for his dedicated leadership in seeing us through a very successful 2013. Sean is moving to our council advisory board with hopes to return to the executive board as soon as he is able.”