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About Township Elected Officials

The township officials consist of three trustees and a township fiscal officer who are elected to four-year staggered terms. One trustee and the fiscal officer are elected in one odd-numbered year, and the two remaining trustees are elected two years later.

Mike Rowan, Chairman

Mike moved to Jefferson Township in 1992. He has a master’s degree in environmental science and a PhD in environmental engineering from The Ohio State University. He is currently a faculty member in the department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at OSU. Mike became a supporter of the township when he joined the Parks Board more than 20 years ago. As Park Board Chair, he was successful in obtaining 2 grants through the state-funded NatureWorks program to improve our community park with restroom facilities and new playground equipment. He strongly supports conservation development and managed growth programs practiced by the Township. Mike lives on Darling Road with his wife Simona and daughter Rain. 

Contact Trustee Mike Rowan at mrowan@jeffersontownship.org 



Claire Yoder, Vice-Chairman

Claire and her husband, Roy, made Jefferson Township their home more than 30 years ago when they moved from North Central Ohio. Claire is a graduate of Kent State University, the University of Dayton, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. She taught high school and made a midlife career change as a chaplain with Ohio Health and as the advocate for living kidney donors for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She was on the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education for 12 years and received the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation’s Corner Stone award. Claire served on the Jefferson Township Zoning Commission prior to becoming a Trustee. She also serves on an international church board advocating for women’s rights in third world countries.

Contact Trustee Claire Yoder at cyoder@jeffersontownship.org



Rich Courter, Trustee

Rich and his wife, Pam, moved to Jefferson Township in 2006. Rich's insurance business has been in this area since 1999 and they fell in love with Jefferson Township and Blacklick Creek. In 2007, Jefferson Township trustees appointed Rich to the Parks Board, and to the Zoning Commission in 2011. He was elected township trustee in 2013. Professionally, Rich has been in the insurance business since 1992 and his office is now in the Township. Previously, Rich has served in various accounting and finance roles including chief financial officer. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in accounting and finance from Franklin University. Many know Rich & Pam's home on Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road by the extensive annual Christmas decoration display. 

Contact Trustee Rich Courter at rcourter@jeffersontownship.org



Ken Jones, Fiscal Officer

Ken has served the Township since 2004 when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term. He was elected to the position in 2005, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He and his wife Melanie moved from Buckeye Lake to a home in Havenswood subdivision in 2003. Ken is an experienced financial professional, having served many years as a Pricewaterhouse/Coopers auditor and as a chief financial officer in private business. He has been a certified public accountant (now inactive) since 1982. He retired from a full-time CFO position in the business world in 2001, but keeps active as a board member and officer of several area businesses. Melanie is a patent attorney with the Porter Wright law firm in Columbus. The couple enjoys traveling and family events.

Contact Fiscal Officer Ken Jones at kjones@jeffersontownship.org



Trustee Meetings
Regular Meetings
January 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017
Second Thursday of each month 10 a.m.
Fourth Wednesday of each month 7 p.m.

September 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Second Monday of each month 10 a.m.
Fourth Wednesday of each month 7 p.m.

Jefferson Township Fire Station
6767 Havens Corners Rd
(614) 861-3757

View the Community Calendar for the current schedule. All meetings are open to the public 

Contact Information

Office Phone: (614) 855-4260
Office Fax: (614) 855-3761

Rich Courter 
rcourter@jeffersontownship.org 

Mike Rowan
mrowan@jeffersontownship.org 

Claire Yoder
cyoder@jeffersontownship.org

Jeff Palm, Township Administrator
614-304-0137 
jpalm@jeffersontownship.org