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The Suburbanite
  • Battershell returns as Marlboro Township trustee

  • John Battershell, who served two decades as a Marlboro Township trustee, returns for a four-month stint.

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  • John Battershell, who put in 20 years as a township trustee, will add another four months to his political legacy.
    Battershell was selected to fill a vacancy on the trustee board created with the recent resignation of John Hagan. Battershell will complete the unexpired term that ends Dec. 31.
    “There was a total of four (applicants),” township Trustee Ken Eddleman said. “They were all decent candidates. We felt that Mr. Battershell had the experience, we could hit the ground running.”
    Hagan resigned, or retired, to collect state Public Employee Retirement System pension benefits.
    Hagan, however, very likely will be re-elected in the Nov. 5 election to another four-year term.
    There are two township trustee slots available, and his and Eddleman’s are the only names on the ballot.
    “If everything goes as PERS described it, I will be collecting a pension next month,” Hagan said.
    Both Hagan and Battershell have lengthy political careers. Battershell was elected township trustee five times  — the first time in 1985.
    Hagan’s career as a township trustee was interrupted when he served four consecutive two-year terms in the Ohio House of Representatives during the previous decade. He is a Republican.
    Voters elected Hagan to his most recent township trustee term in 2009 after he left the Ohio House. He also was elected to three consecutive township trustee terms beginning in 1989.
    MALCOLM HALL