L to R (front row): Kent Patterson, Trustee; Craig Horner, Trustee; Michael Schmidt, Trustee. L to R (back row): Lee Evans, Road Maintenance Supervisor; Julie Carr, Zoning Inspector; Melissa Kurtz, Fiscal Officer; Amy Banfield, Township Administrator; Rich Fletcher, Fire Chief
Board of Trustees
Westfield Township is served by a three-member Board of Trustees, each are elected to four-year terms. Each year, the Board selects a Trustee to serve as President of the Board for the year. Mike Schmidt is the 2023 Board President. Trustees also serve as a committee liaisons to Zoning Boards, Fire & Rescue, Roads and Cemetery departments.
Many trustee duties are similar to those of city council members in other local governments. They include adopting a budget, setting health and safety ordinances, and overseeing programs and services. The trustees make these decisions as a board, rather than as individuals.
As public officials, trustees must also follow state law in carrying out their duties, such as:
- Voting in the interests of their community
- Attending township board meetings
- Following state laws on opening meetings and public records
- Knowing the township’s tax structure, its hiring and firing policies, and zoning and other rules
- Understand state laws and standards that the township has to follow
Trustees have standing meetings at 6:30 P.M. on the first and third Monday of each month. You can find meeting information posted in advance on the meeting notices page. All meetings are held at the Westfield Township hall, located at 6699 Buffham Road.
Westfield Township’s Fiscal Officer is also elected to serve a 4-year term. In addition to financial management, processing payroll, preparing audits and maintaining both financial & township records, the Fiscal Officer works with the Trustees to prepare the Township’s annual operating budgets. The Fiscal Officer is also responsible for maintaining procedural records, including Trustee meeting minutes and correspondence.
The Township’s Public Record Policy summarizes how to access Township records. Financial statements are available by request at the Township Hall.
You can reach the Fiscal Officer by phone (330.887.5562), email, or by appointment. Our goal is to be accessible and respond to you as quickly as possible.
Westfield Township’s Zoning Inspector is appointed by the Board of Trustees with no term limit.
The Zoning Inspector is your main contact for zoning questions and inquiries, property inspections and completing zoning applications.
Other duties include:
- Keeping and maintaining detailed zoning records
- Interpreting Westfield Township Zoning Maps, Zoning Regulations and Property Maintenance Code
- Resolving zoning complaints and code violations
- Assists with the Township’s comprehensive plan, Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals
You can reach the Zoning Inspector by phone (330.419.4971), email or by appointment.
Road Maintenance Supervisor
Westfield Township’s Road Maintenance Supervisor is appointed by the Board of Trustees with no term limit.
The Road Maintenance Supervisor is your main contact for questions about road maintenance and repair.
Under the direction of the Trustees, the Road Maintenance Supervisor oversees and delegates tasks to the road crew, determines equipment and material needs, operates equipment, assists in repair work, acts as liaison with the general public and contractors, prepares and keeps department records, follows all l operations safety regulations and provides a report at bi-monthly Board of Trustee meetings.
You can reach the Road Maintenance Supervisor by phone (330.350.1375) or by email.
The Westfield Township Administrator position is appointed by the Westfield Township Board of Trustees, with direct report to the Trustees. The main duties of the position are to serve the Trustees, Fiscal Officer, along with the Westfield Township Zoning Commission (ZC) and Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).
The Township Administrator is responsible for the maintenance of Township records, seeing that Township business is properly transacted, and seeing that the problems and questions of citizens are attended to or brought to the appropriate attention. Work is performed independently with decisions being made in accordance with established rules and policies. Work is reviewed by the Township Trustees through written and oral reports of actions taken.
The Township Administrator keeps all stakeholders up to date on actions and obtains all necessary approvals.