Christopher Nichols- President

Mr. Nichols is a Canton South graduate and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Malone University.  He works as the Director of Management and Budget for Stark County.  Mr. Nichols was appointed by former Ohio Governor Robert Taft to the Clean Ohio Council to represent Ohio’s 1,308 townships. While on the Clean Ohio Council, he was involved in the awarding of over $120 million in grants to help clean up and redevelop Ohio’s Brownfields.  

Mr. Nichols has spent many years serving as the public address announcer for the Canton South Football and Basketball teams and the Malone University Football team. He is a former member of the Canton South Rotary and a graduate of the 19th class of Leadership Stark County.

Chris enjoys serving as your Canton Township Trustee and the opportunities it provides to meet new people and help them through the maze of government. He looks forward to working with you to continue making Canton Township a Proud Family Community.

Mark Shaffer - Vice President 

Mark has been serving Canton Township as a Trustee since 2017. Mark was also elected in 2018 by members of the Stark County Township Association to serve as their President and re-elected for a second term through 2021.


Mark and his wife, Hather, are proud Canton South graduates and are parents of two sons and one daughter and reside in Mark’s childhood home. 


Mark brings to the township 25 years of proven leadership and management experience having been promoted through a wide variety of operations management roles at Charter Communications, most recently in the capacity of North Canton senior site leader overseeing residential data and voice support operations. 

Mark obtained his B.A., Business Management, from Walsh University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude distinction and as a member of Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business Management and Administration.  Mark also graduated from the Canton Chamber, Leadership Stark County 19th Signature Program class as well as Leadership Stark County’s Government Academy.


Mark is very active and involved in the community, including serving a multiple year term as a member of the Leadership Stark County Board of Trustees, member of Canton South Rotary, past member of Canton Rotary, served on the Stark State College area employer Technology Advisory Board, past member of ystark! Young Professionals having served on the Professional Development Committee as well as the Northeast Ohio CEO Lunch and Learn Executive Committee, active volunteer inside of Canton Local Schools, as well as helping to coordinate Charter give back efforts within the local community. 

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William Mittas -  Member

Mr. Mittas was elected in November 2011.  Mr. Mittas and his wife Vicki are graduates of Canton South High School and have four children -- Sara, Samantha, Paige, and Noah.

Mr. Mittas has a Business Finance degree from Ohio State University.  He earned his Law Degree and Master of Taxation from the University of Akron.  He is a member of the Stark County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR).  

Mr. Mittas has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years and is a partner at the Marsh & Mittas Law Office.  

Mr. Mittas looks forward to serving the residents of Canton Township and welcomes the opportunity to be a voice for their concerns.  Please feel free to call Mr. Mittas with any questions.

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John Ring- Fiscal Officer

John and his wife Donna chose Canton Township 25 years ago to establish  their business, buy a home and raise a family. John and Donna are very appreciative of the business success that they have achieved due to the support of our community. They believe in giving back and have been committed to our community and school district by supporting various organizations, events and fundraisers.


John and Donna have two children, Kent, a graduate of Canton South,  currently attending Kent State University and Calista, currently attending Canton South High School. John's two older sons,  Brent and Derek, both spent many summers of their youth in Canton Township and working at the family business.  John and Donna have four grandchildren, Isaac, Brooklyn,  Willow and Hazel.

After graduating from Ohio University, John spent several years in the food service industry in restaurant management, training and then distributor sales. He began working in financial services in 1999 and specifically in mortgage lending in 2003. John manages the mortgage department of a local credit union. He is a graduate of Leadership Stark County's Government Academy,  a current member and past President of the Canton South Rotary Club and served on the Canton Township Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Commission. John has served on several non-profit board of directors. He served for several years as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 203 North Industry and Troop 38 East Sparta.


John is deeply honored to have been elected as Fiscal Officer. He is committed to honoring the trust and faith that our residents have placed in him by ensuring that our Fiscal Office is well run, accountable and transparent.  He looks forward to being in the office working with the township staff and trustees ensuring that township finances, budgets and records are precise and well managed. He will also be evaluating current practices and making improvements or updates where needed. 


John is available to you at any time. Feel free to contact him with questions or concerns. If he does not have an immediate answer or explanation, he is committed to doing the follow up research and getting back to you promptly.

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