(Posted Jan. 4, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Pleasant Township trustees have selected Brian Hampton to fill the seat of Gary Neff who passed away on Dec. 15. Neff had served as a trustee since 2010.
Hampton, 44, was sworn into office on Dec. 28. He will finish out the term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2021. He joins Sam Junk and Dan Fryer on the board of trustees.
Born and raised in Madison County, Hampton has lived in the Mount Sterling area for 30 years. He and his wife, Kimberly, have a daughter, Chelsi, and two grandsons, Jace and Jameson.
“I’ve been a part of this community my entire life. I thought this was something I could do to give back,” he said of his interest in the trustee seat.
Hampton has his aunt, Luana Barker, to look to as an example of a public servant at the township level. Barker retired this past fall after many years as fiscal officer for Range Township.
Another example is Dennis Marshall, a longtime Range Township trustee. As a plumber for J&J Excavating, Hampton has worked closely with Marshall, an electrician, on area construction projects. Additionally, he has known his fellow trustees, Junk and Fryer, his whole life.
“Brian seems like a hardworking young man. We like to see someone younger get on the board. We hope he will be a trustee for a long time,” Junk said.
Hampton was one of five Pleasant Township residents to express interest in the trustee seat vacancy. He said he knows he has big shoes to fill.
“Gary (Neff) went above and beyond what was necessary to do. He had been doing it for a long time and was very well liked by the community,” Hampton said.
“Gary will be missed,” Junk added. “He did a lot for the township and was very dedicated. He will be missed all over town; he did a lot for a lot of people.”
Prior to the start of the pandemic, the Pleasant Township trustees met twice a month. Currently, they are meeting once a month. Typically, meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. This month is an exception; the meeting is set for Jan. 11. Meetings take place at the township building at 84 N. London St., Mount Sterling.