The Violet Township Board of Trustees made it official Feb. 19, unanimously approving Benjamin King as the township's new director of operations.

The Violet Township Board of Trustees made it official Feb. 19, unanimously approving Benjamin King as the township's new director of operations.

King will have his first day on the job in Violet Township Monday, March 3.

He comes to the township from his post as the Public Services Director for the city of Pataskala.

While there will be a brief one-month overlap, King will ultimately replace Violet Township's current Director of Operations Bill Yaple, who is retiring effective March 31.

King said he looks forward to the challenges that lay ahead, starting with the first step-getting to know the community and the way the township keeps its citizens in the loop.

"I'm a strong believer in community outreach and communications with residents and businesses," King said.

"I plan to get out in the community and meet as many people as possible.

"I also look forward to learning more about the communication tools that the township utilizes, including the township website, social media and print media," he said.

"A well-informed community is imperative to the success of any government organization," he said.

King said his focus out of the gate will center primarily on addressing the township's infrastructure needs.

"I plan to gain a stronger understanding about the township's infrastructure needs, specifically the condition of township roads," he said.

"I feel it is imperative to have a strong plan in place when addressing road maintenance needs, and I look forward to jumping right into this issue," King said.

Other priorities include the Violet Township Fire Department's 3.8-mill fire levy on the May 6 ballot, and the procurement of funding sources for township improvements.

"I plan to assist as needed to assure the levy is successful. As with any local government, funding is always an obstacle. I have experience finding alternative funding sources for infrastructure projects, and I plan to apply my experience to the township's needs."

King was born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio in northeastern Ohio.

He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Public Administration, both from Kent State University.

"My family has a long history of public service, including my grandparents, my father and aunts and uncles," King said.

"I started college as an elementary education major, but quickly realized my interest was local government," he said.

King brings to the table more than 12 years combined governmental experience, first with the development office in New Albany followed by six years in Pataskala.

"I have been fortunate to work for two progressive communities in central Ohio," King said.

"My positions with each have provided a very diverse experience in local government," he said.

King said working alongside Bill Yaple for a one-month period will provide a valuable opportunity to learn on the job.

"Bill has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience with Violet Township," King said.

"He has had great success working with regional partners and is a very well-respected member of the central Ohio local government community," King said.

"I plan to absorb as much of his knowledge as possible during my first month," he said.

King is married to Whitney Kyle, a lifelong central Ohio resident.