Township Trustees

Trustee Duties

According to the ORC, there shall be three elected trustees for a four-year term. The trustees have the legislative authority in the township. Under township responsibilities, the trustees oversee the care and maintenance of the township roads, fire and police protection, cemeteries, parks and recreation, zoning and waste disposal. Other responsibilities, in a condensed summary, are to preserve order during elections, conduct bi-monthly meetings, provide public notices of meetings and special meetings, make resolutions relative to the township business, provide for the general welfare of the township, and maintain records of all township business and activities.

Trustee Biographies

Dave Ferguson, Trustee

As a Plain Township Trustee, Dave believes he needs to represent and work with all stakeholders in the township and village to ensure we are working together for the benefit of all families in the New Albany community. He is passionate about New Albany schools and providing township services that are fiscally responsible.

Dave Ferguson has lived in New Albany since 1998 and is actively involved in the community with various school and church committees. He is currently the head coach for the high school girls lacrosse team. Dave has been married to his wife Kristin for 25-years; they have four children who all attended New Albany schools.

Dave is employed by American Electric Power Company. He is responsible for transmission planning and financial services and has worked in treasury, business development planning and finance. He graduated with a BSBA from Ashland University, and a MBA from Washington University, John M. Olin School of Business, in St. Louis, Missouri.


Dave Olmstead, Trustee

Dave Olmstead was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2009. Prior to serving as a Trustee, Dave was a member of the New Albany Village Council for 4 years.  He was a member of the New Albany Village Planning Commission from 2004 through 2010, and the Rocky Fork/Blacklick Accord Implementation Panel from 2001 to 2003.

Dave is committed to finding more ways for our community to work together to preserve and enhance the quality of life we enjoy.  He has been involved for years in efforts to balance the pace and style of residential and commercial growth to maintain open space and be respectful of the environment.

He grew up in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Accounting.  He returned to Central Ohio in 1994, and has been a resident of Plain Township since then.

You can reach Dave by phone at (614) 855-2283, or email


Thomas Rybski, Trustee



Tom Rybski and wife Melinda have been residents of Plain Township since 1987.

Tom grew up in central Ohio and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, he joined P & L Systems Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Columbus, Ohio. He has helped manage the company for over 35 years.  

Prior to serving as Plain Township Trustee, Tom served on various community boards and committees. He has served on the Rocky Fork Blacklick Accord Panel. Additionally, he was a member for 7 years and chairman of the Plain Township Zoning Commission.  

 Tom’s vision for Plain Township and New Albany’s future embraces a comprehensive plan for growth which maintains the feel of a small, cohesive community. This is achieved, in part, through the support of the schools, the arts and enhancement of recreational opportunities while maintaining fiscal responsibility. He welcomes communication with the constituents he serves and hopes to continue to advance the opportunities that can be realized when our community flourishes.

Tom can be reached by email at or by phone at 855-2550.