Friend of the Townships Award goes to Mark Cain

The Madison County Township Association present Mark Cain (center) with the 2023 “Friend of the Townships” Award: (from left) Jeff Marshall, Fairfield Township trustee; Mike Sullivan, association vice president; Cain, a retired employee of the Madison County Engineer’s Office; Rob Turvy, association president; and Steve Denes, association executive committee member.

(Posted Dec. 12, 2023)

Every year, the Madison County Township Association names a Friend of the Townships. The award is presented at the association’s Christmas party. This year’s recipient is Mark Cain who retired from the Madison County Engineer’s Office last year. The award announcement was made on Dec. 11.

Cain joined the Madison County Engineers staff on June 1, 1992. With his hard work, dedication, and attention to detail, he quickly became known as someone on whom others could depend. In no time, he was on the path to become a leader in the department.

Assigned to the road crew, Cain rose to the position of crew leader, then road crew foreman, then assistant highway superintendent.

“Mark’s leadership style was always ‘by example,’ and he was usually the first to start and the last to stop on any work detail,” said Rob Turvy, township association president, during the award presentation.

As Cain rose within the department, his duties and responsibilities ever increasing, he was always equal to the task and open to accept additional work and new challenges or to help out anyone, even on the various other departments at the Engineer’s Office, at other Madison County agencies, and for the townships.

“Most of the township men and many of the trustees were on a first-name basis with Mark. With his knowledge of the county and his understanding of our overlapping county/township cooperative snow and ice mitigation program, Mark was ever vigilant and often the first to take action and to call out the troops,” Turvy said.

Many times, Cain called out the township fleet in the wee hours of the morning, himself having been out scouting roads for hours.

“He understood better than most the value of the system of cooperation that we have here in Madison County between the townships and the Engineers Office,” Turvy said. “His dedication to the quality of the work that his crews preformed on county and township roads, village streets and alleys, as well as in the various cemeteries and other township facilities, have not only saved all of our townships a lot of money over the years, but have given us a reliable source for these necessary services and the comfort of knowing that competent advice on all things road related was just a phone call away.”

Cain retired in the summer of 2022 with 30 years of service to the residents of Madison County.

“Hopefully his can-do attitude and his dedication to quality of work will live on in the crews that he has mentored. The friendship, the advise, and the guidance that Mark offered to the trustees and to our township employees will not soon be forgotten,” Turvy concluded.

Newly elected and re-elected Madison County township trustees and fiscal officers are sworn into office at the Madison County Township Association’s Christmas Party on Dec. 11. Administering the oath of office were Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello along with Municipal Court Judge Eric Schooley and Clerk of Courts Erin Bauer.
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