Madison Twp. celebrates first African American woman elected as trustee chair


Madison Township Trustee Michele Reynolds will officiate the next Madison Township trustee meeting for the first time as board chair on Jan. 20.

Madison Township voters elected Reynolds in 2019. She has experience as a business owner and public servant working in the governor’s office as the director of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

“I am honored to serve my community in this capacity,” said Reynolds. “In spite of the perils of COVID-19, we have made great strides to bring resources into the township for safety improvements. Being elected as chair affords me the opportunity to achieve more of these wins for residents.”

Reynolds is referring to the Justice Assistance Grant dollars Madison Township was awarded from Ohio Criminal Justice Services to upgrade the computer server for the police department. In addition to her experience writing grants as a non-profit CEO, she brought her experience as a real-estate professional to the township and led the charge to advise in the sale of properties that would add revenues to the general fund.

Reynolds serves alongside Katherine Chipps, who is vice chair, and Laurie Vermeer, who is the township fiscal officer, which marks the first time three women will partner in leadership as elected officials for Madison Township.

Reynolds and Chipps serve with their fellow trustee John Pritchard.

The Madison Township trustees invites residents of the township to make their voices heard about the needs of the community in their meetings.

“I welcome the opportunity to hear from constituents and appreciate those that are willing to come and provide public comment. It is because of their voice that I know we are moving in the right direction in 2022,” said Reynolds.

The next trustee meeting is Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at the township offices, 4575 Madison Lane, Groveport.

To view a schedule of future meetings, visit


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