Elected Officials

Washington Township, like other townships throughout the state, has four elected officials: Three Trustees and a Fiscal Officer. Each official serves a four-year term of office and is elected by voters in both the unincorporated and the incorporated (City of Centerville) portions of Washington Township. The following elected officials represent the residents of Washington Township:

Trustee President 

Dale Berry, a resident since 1973, was appointed to the board in January 2009 and elected in November 2009. He previously has served on the township’s Zoning Commission anddale berry assisted with volunteer projects for the Visual Improvement Program Committee. A Realtor and retired vocational coordinator with Kettering City Schools, Berry is a past president of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors and served as its representative to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. He has been a member of the Dayton Fair Housing Center, the Legislative Steering Committee for the Ohio Association of Realtors, the Montgomery County Auditor’s forum on tax evaluations, and director of the National Association of Realtors. He has two children and four grandchildren.

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Trustee Vice President  

Scott Paulson was elected to the Board of Trustees in November of 2009. He has served on the Washington Township Zoning Commission and is an active communityscott paulson volunteer. A partner with Advanced Engineering Solutions, Inc., he serves as vice president of sales for the firm and oversees the company’s expansion into new markets. His community involvement has included the Associate Board of the Dayton Art Institute, the Montgomery County Land Bank Board of Directors, and fundraising activities with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Scott lives in Washington Township with his family.

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Sharon Lowry, who began her first term in 2018, has experience as an educator, administrator, small business owner and community volunteer. She is chairperson of thesharon lowry Centerville Women’s Civic Club Scholarship Committee and a member of the board for Sophie’s Companions for Veterans. A former assistant superintendent of Great Oaks JVS, Lowry also has served on boards for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. For two years, she co-chaired the Nike Dayton Open at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace. A past member of Optimist International and Rotary International, she holds a Master of Education degree from Wright State University.

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Fiscal Officer

Gary Smiga, who took office in April 2018, served Centerville City Schools for 36 years, including four years as superintendent from 2005 to 2009. Following his retirement, he  spent seven years directing nonprofits for the Dayton Foundation, including seven as director of the Montgomery County Ohio College Promise Program and two as executive director of College Promise and the Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarship Program. A 37-year member of Centerville Noon Optimist Club, Gary is a past president and served nine years as treasurer. His other volunteer involvement includes membership on the financial advisory board of Washington-Centerville Public Library, BOGG Ministries, and SouthBrook Christian Church.  A resident of Centerville/Washington Township for over 45 years, Gary and his wife, Pam, have four grown children and five grandchildren.

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