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Township Trustees Cannot Simultaneously Serve as Members of a Board of Education

On December 17, 2021, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (“Ohio Attorney General”) issued a formal opinion to Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Zachary A. Corbin in which the Ohio Attorney General concluded that a person cannot simultaneously serve as a township trustee and a board of education member for a local school district when the local school district serves the township.

The Ohio Attorney General reasoned that holding both roles constitute an impermissible conflict of interest which may prevent an individual from making decisions which are objective. The Ohio Attorney General further argued that a conflict over tax money and possible budget decisions would arise each year and it would not be practical for these individuals to routinely excuse themselves from such matters.

To read this opinion, click here.

Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.

Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – legal advice. Legal jurisprudence is like the always-changing Midwestern weather. As a result, this single blog entry cannot substitute for consultation with a McGown & Markling attorney. If legal advice is needed with respect to a specific factual situation, please feel free to contact a McGown & Markling attorney.

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