Since 1951, Township Fiscal Officers have been elected every four years at the general election held in November in odd-numbered years, with the Fiscal Officer's term beginning on April 1st of the year following election. The Township Fiscal Officer is legally designated to handle township financial matters, and works in close conjunction with the Township Trustees.
In larger townships, such as Plain Township, Finance Departments are credited. The Township Fiscal Officer then assumes the role of auditor, leaving to the Finance Director the tasks of record keeping. The Finance Department, under the direction of the Fiscal Officer, is responsible for keeping accurate records of the proceedings of the Trustees' meetings, all other records, budgets, accounts and transactions, investments, employee information, benefits, payrolls, polling places within the township for elections, certifications of lighting districts, and records of the Township cemetery.
The Fiscal Officer and Finance Director work closely with the offices of the Stark County Auditor, Stark County Recorder, Stark County Treasurer, and Stark County Board of Elections in addition to the Auditor of the State of Ohio. The Plain Township Fiscal Officer and Finance Director annually complete the necessary continuing education conducted by the State Treasurer to be certified to invest Township funds.
Anthony J. Flex
Fiscal Officer Anthony J. Flex was born and raised in Stark County. He attended Plain Local Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade where he graduated from GlenOak High School in 1998, as a member of the National Honor Society.
Anthony J. Flex then went on to attend The University of Toledo. He majored in Finance and minored in Business Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2002 and graduated with the honor of Cum Laude.
In 2005, Anthony J. Flex attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in May of 2008. Anthony again graduated with the honor of Cum Laude.
Anthony J. Flex began working with the City of Canton Law Department in January 2008 as a legal intern and was hired as an Assistant Prosecutor in February 2009. Anthony was admitted to the practice of law in November of 2008.
Current Activities: Stark County Bar Association; Canton Ex-Newsboys; Bar Applicant Committee; Municipal Court Committee; Criminal Law Committee; Stark County Young Democrats, Executive Committee Stark County Democrats.
Previous Activities: Ohio State Bar Association 2008-2013; Ohio High School Mock Trial Judge 2010-2012; Stark County Government Leadership Academy 2011; Stark County Law Week 2010; IFAF Junior World Championship Volunteer 2009.