Shane Farnsworth joined Jackson Township in October 2018 as its second township and zoning administrator. The township administrator is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the board of trustees, and is the township’s chief administrative officer. The administrator is responsible for the implementation of policies and resolutions of the board, and for daily township operations including overseeing all personnel and fiscal operations.

Farnsworth in his role as administrator works closely with the elected fiscal officer to develop and manage the township’s $20 million annual operating budget. He analyzes and evaluates programs, procedures and policies, and provides technical advice and recommendations to the board. He also serves as the township’s zoning administrator and is responsible for code enforcement and managing, administering and coordinating all zoning and land-use planning matters. Farnsworth has five direct reports including the fire chief, service director, human resources director/public information officer, executive assistant and payroll specialist.

A Clintonville resident, Farnsworth has a master’s degree in public policy management and a bachelor’s degree in urban planning along with 20 years of work experience in the public sector primarily in county government administration in rural, suburban and urban settings. He is proficient in public finance, forecasting, employee management, public services, economic development, and planning and zoning.

He is married to his wife Sarah, and they have a spunky dog named Hunter. Farnsworth is an enthusiastic Ohio State Buckeyes football fan and enjoys the outdoors.

Contact: (614) 991-6881 or

Previous township administrator

Michael J. Lilly —  May 13, 1996 to Dec 29, 2017