2/6/2018 6:39:00 PM Ohio Township Day recognized in Jackson County Longtime Association President Roy Arthur given high praise
Jackson County Township Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association President Roy Arthur (left) is shown looking on as Congressman Bill Johnsonís Field Representative Juli Stephens reads a proclamation in recognition of Ohio Township Day. (Telegram Photos By Phillip Buffington)
Longtime Jackson County Township Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association President Roy Arthur is known for drawing a large crowd. This was definitely once again the case on Tuesday, Jan. 30 as numerous elected officials and township representatives gathered together to celebrate another Ohio Township Day (Feb. 1, 2018). Since 2007, Jackson County has had the highest number of association members in the state.
Each February 1, the State of Ohio recognizes the hard work and dedication of township trustees and fiscal officers with the celebration of Ohio Township Day. This day has been especially important to Jackson County as, since 2007, the county has held the record for its total number of memberships in the Jackson County Township Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association.
During the Tuesday, Jan. 30 meeting of the Jackson County Commissioners, a large crowd of township representatives and elected officials gathered once again around longtime association President and Bloomfield Township Trustee Roy Arthur to officially usher in another Ohio Township Day.
To start things off, introductions were given for everyone in attendance including Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier, Tiffany Ridgeway (County Auditor's Office and candidate for County Auditor), Clyde Holdren (County Auditor), Tammy Osborne-Smith (Jackson County Job and Family Services Director), Jim Milliken (Coalton Council President and candidate for County Auditor), Kim Milliken (Coalton Mayor), Jon Hensler (Jackson City Councilman and candidate for County Commissioner), Randy Heath (Jackson Mayor), George Kitchen (Jackson City Councilman), Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Regan, Joanne Evans (Board of Elections), Kendra Davis (Jackson County Prosecutor's Office), Juli Stephens (office of U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson), James Allen (President of the Gallia County Township Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association) and many others.
Commissioner Paul Haller read the county's official proclamation, which was ultimately approved in the form of Resolution 31-18. This resolution, aside from highlighting the importance of township government, also pointed out that the county's association had the highest raw number increase in memberships last year with 24.
Coalton Mayor Milliken then read a proclamation specific to Arthur, but made mention of the fact that she wished not to take anything away from the county's township trustees.
"We all know without you guys, Coalton would be in a heap-load of trouble," she said.
In her proclamation, Mayor Milliken payed homage to Arthur's years of service and guidance to the association.
"The Village of Coalton thanks you for your hard work, dedication and continued service," she stated. "You're the hardest-working guy in Jackson County."
Jackson Mayor Heath first started out by mentioning the importance of township governance to him on a personal level. He noted that his mother was raised on a farm in Scioto Township and that his late cousin Marvin Davis was the Fiscal Officer of Scioto Township at the time of his passing.
In his proclamation, Mayor Heath praised the county's association for maintaining the highest number of members over the years, and encouraged all citizens of Jackson to support township government.
Congressman Johnson's Field Representative Stephens also read a proclamation for the occasion.
"Township government plays a vital role in Ohio communities," she said. "It is with great pride that I congratulate the township officials and employees of Jackson County for their hard work and dedication on behalf of those they work for."
Comments were also given by Sheriff Frazier, Judge Regan, Auditor Holdren and Councilman Kitchen. Near the end of the program, Gallia County Association President Allen spoke of Arthur's work ethic.
"I've known Roy for many years and I always found him to be a hard worker," he said. "Just keep it up, Roy."
Staying true to his go-to catchphrase of "working together where it counts," Arthur gave praise to the large number of folks it takes to maintain the record-number of association members in the county.