Rootstown Township Elected Officials

Joe Paulus, Trustee


3983 Marsh Creek Lane
Rootstown, OH 44272
330-474-1869

term expires 12/31/2019

Joe Paulus is in his second term as a Rootstown Township Trustee. Joe was born in Rootstown and graduated from the Rootstown Schools. He joined the U.S. Air Force for six years and then worked for defense contractors. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and is employed at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. He was a business owner in Rootstown for eight years. He was a member and a past-President of the Rootstown Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member and past-President of the Rootstown Lions Club. Actively involved in Rootstown community events, he also coached youth soccer and wrestling. Joe is married to Delia and has two sons.

Joe is determined to keep Rootstown a great community and plans to help keep it fiscally strong despite the federal and state financial cuts. He is the zoning liaison for the township and is diligently working with the Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Zoning Inspector in updating the Zoning Resolution. He initiated updating the 18 year old Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and modernizing the Zoning Office to better support the community. He is also the Township representative to the Portage County Regional Planning Commission and the Portage County Township Association. Joe is here for the residents of Rootstown and relies on their input to be the best representative he can be. He is lucky to have two other Trustees that are willing to be open and work together to make Rootstown the best that it can be.

Dave McIntyre, Trustee


4231 Clover Drive
Ravenna, OH 44266
330-714-1334

term expires 12/31/2021

Brett Housley, Trustee


216-789-1214

term expires 12/31/2021

I am a civil attorney and a passionate public administrator. I am diligent and devoted to the practice of law and committed to being a strong leader in public service. As an attorney, I have over eighteen years of experience with the focus of my practice in the areas of real property, contracts and litigation. I have always had a heart for public service and utilizing my public administration skills. As an administrator, I have stepped into leadership roles by serving as Chairman of the Board of Township Trustees twice during my term as Rootstown Township Trustee, along with volunteering for a decade as a board member on the Portage Industries Non Profit Board. Finally, serving as a president for the Portage County Building Board of Appeal.

In addition to being a lawyer, I was elected as Rootstown Township Trustee serving from 2010 through 2013. I was the liaison to the township zoning department for all four years because I wanted to utilize my education and experience to play a part in community planning. During this time it was my goal to place zoning in a positive light within the community. As a result of my leadership the zoning department expanded their hours, held a community open house to answer residents' questions, and placed a priority on updating the township zoning codes. I was also a frequent face and a constant voice at the township zoning commission and zoning board of appeals meetings.

I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Akron in 1994. I also earned my Master of Public Administration from the University of Akron in 1996 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron in 1998. I have always valued education. As a member of the Rootstown Lions Club, I serve as a role model and encourage students by presenting the monthly Lions Club Good Award to students in the Rootstown School District. My goal is to make a difference in our township and I have no personal agenda other than to benefit the community.

JoAnn Townend, Fiscal Officer


4268 Sandy Lake Road
Ravenna, OH 44266
330-296-8240
term expires 3/31/2020

JoAnn Townend was first elected as Fiscal Officer of Rootstown Township in November 1999; re-elected for four successive terms and continues to hold that post today.

JoAnn's professional experience includes working as the Director of Internal Services for Portage County - managing departments that include: Purchasing, Building, Printing, Microfilming, Motor Pool, Human Resources and Safety and Loss. She has been with Portage County for over thirty-seven years.

JoAnn is also currently the chairperson for Neighborhood Development Services, a Corporation dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods and communities through the provision and/or promotion of affordable housing, environmental sustainability, economic development, and job creation primarily for the benefit of low and moderate income households.

Married to Ken, they both enjoy restoring old vehicles, cruise-ins and most of all their dog Sammy.