Staff & Elected Officials
Three trustees, each elected at-large to a four-year term, govern the township. A clerk is also elected to a four-year term to serve as fiscal officer and maintain the township’s records, including the proceedings of all board of trustee meetings and financial accounts. In Butler Township, there is also an administrator who is appointed by the trustees to manage the township’s day-to-day activities and work to accomplish the goals established by the elected officials.
Mike Lang, Trustee
Mike was elected to his first term as Butler Township Trustee in 2009. As a twenty year resident of the township, Mike’s first job after graduating from Vandalia-Butler High School was with the Butler Township Fire Department. Mike served the residents of the township as a fire fighter and an Emergency Medical Technician and held the rank of Captain upon his retirement from the department in 2006. Mike began his law enforcement career with the Englewood Police Department in 1992. Starting as a public safety dispatcher, and moving on to road patrol and the Detective section, Mike now holds the rank of Sergeant and manages the daytime operations of the police department. He is also an adjunct faculty member and police academy instructor at Sinclair Community College.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. He lives with his wife, Zoe, and has a son, Benjamin.
Mike’s election as trustee allows him to “Continue to Serve” Butler Township, its residents, and visitors.
Mike Lang’s term of office expires December 31, 2013.
Martin Russell, Trustee
Martin was elected to his first term as Butler Township Trustee in 2009. As a resident of Butler Township since 2001, Martin began his service to the community as a teacher at Smith Middle School from 1998-2004. In 2004 Martin joined Congressman Michael R. Turner’s staff, aiding constituents of Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District as they interacted with federal agencies. After three years of service for the United States House of Representatives, Martin joined the Warren County Office of Economic Development as the department’s Deputy Director. Martin’s current responsibilities as an economic development professional include the attraction and retention of employment opportunities within the Miami Valley. Additionally, Martin is an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College teaching American Federal Government and has also served on Butler Township’s Zoning Commission; a term he began in 2006 and held until being elected Trustee.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies and Secondary Education from Anderson University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Dayton in Educational Leadership.
Martin lives with his wife, Laura, and together raise their sons, Grant and Colin.
Martin Russell’s term of office expires December 31, 2013.
Doug Orange, Trustee
Mr. Orange was first elected in 1995 and is currently serving his fourth term as township trustee. A resident of the Vandalia-Butler community for 52 years, he also served on the township zoning commission for two years prior to being elected trustee.
During his tenure as trustee, he has focused on infrastructure improvements, fire and police services, and has represented Butler Township’s interests on several regional issues and boards. He is currently serving as a member of the Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board and has served on the Montgomery County Animal Center Board as well as the Suicide Prevention Board of Trustees.
He is a 1972 graduate of Vandalia-Butler High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Capital University in Columbus. He worked for 27 years as a corporate manager and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business at a local college.
He has served as a longtime softball coach in the area, coaching at Vandalia-Butler High School for nine years. Currently, he is in his eighth year as the varsity softball coach at Brookville High School.
Mr. Orange’s term of office expires December 31, 2015.
Mark Adams, Fiscal Officer
Mark Adams has served in many community organizations such as the Vandalia Butler Presidents Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Rotary Club, and founded the American Cancer Society’s Vandalia-Butler Relay for Life.
Mr. Adams has a degree in Accounting from O.S.U. and served in the United States Navy, which prepared him for a successful thirty-year career in finance, business management and banking. He spent the first years of his career working in public accounting and corporate finance for companies such as Ernst & Young, Tappan Corp., Beverage Management Co. (7UP Dayton), the Limited Corp.
He is currently working in Banking with PNC and lives in Butler Township with his wife, Rita, where they have raised their three daughters.
Mr. Adam’s term of office expires March 31, 2015.
Kimberly A. Lapensee, Township Administrator
Ms. Lapensee comes to Butler Township with nearly twenty years of local government experience, most recently having served as the executive director of the Warren County Planning Commission. A graduate of the urban planning program at the University of Cincinnati, Lapensee has worked on planning projects in greater Cincinnati. Ms. Lapensee has expertise in comprehensive and growth management planning; land use regulations; zoning and development codes; design standards; plan reviews; statistical analysis; grants; disaster planning; capital improvement project management; human resources; citizen outreach; multi-jurisdictional cooperation; and other areas.
She is a member of the American Planning Association and the Ohio Planning Conference.
Erika Vogel, Assistant Township Administrator
John Cresie, Police Chief
Dan Alig, Fire Chief
Doug Brunk, Service Department Supervisor