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, 2017.
Kenneth M. Betz, Trustee
Ken was appointed Butler Township Trustee on January 23, 2017 to fill the vacant trustee position created by the resignation of Nick Brusky. Ken has served on the Butler Township Budget Commission since its inception.
Ken has been the Director of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for over 40 years. Ken serves on a number of committees including the MC Criminal Justice Council, MC Child Death Review Committee, MC Domestic Violence Death Review, MC Technical Advisory Committee (Office of Emergency Management) and serves as the current Board Chairman for Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science from Xavier University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has lectured on forensic issues in China and the Soviet Union. He has served as an adjunct professor at Sinclair College and has lectured to law enforcement agencies throughout the State.
Ken and his wife Chris have been residents of Butler Township for over 40 years. Chris recently retired from the Tipp City School District after teaching for over 32 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Ken Betz’s term of office expires December 31, 2017.
Joseph E. Flanagan, Jr., Trustee
Mr. Flanagan is beginning his first term as township trustee, but is very familiar with Butler Township, having served from 1999 to 2010 as the township’s first administrator. He has over 30 years of public service experience; most of that experience was at the township level. Joe started out his career as a Zoning Inspector for Madison Township, working his way up an ever increasing level of responsibility, including code enforcement officer, planner and development director, until his appointment as Butler Township’s Administrator.
Joe graduated from Chaminade High School, has a Bachelor’s Degree from Wright State University in Urban Studies/City Planning and holds a Master Degree in Public Administrator from Central Michigan University.
Joe believes the number one goal of any municipality, especially townships, is providing the highest level of service at the least possible cost to the citizens of the township. Over the next 4 years, he plans on making this goal his number one priority.
Joe has two adult children. Matt is married to Emily and is a firefighter with the City of Columbus. Molly and her husband Chris live in Chicago; she works for Alliance for the Great Lakes, where she is the Vice President of Policy.
Mr. Flanagan’s term of office expires December 31, 2020.
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, 2020.
Erika Vogel, Township Administrator
Daniel Alig, Fire Chief
John M. Porter, Chief of Police
Doug Brunk, Service Department Supervisor