Board of Trustees

Doug M Haines - Board PresidentDoug M. Haines, vice President 2020

Doug has been a resident of Perry Township or over 30 years. He graduated from Stark State College with an Associated Degree in Business Management.  He and his wife, Anne are raising 3 daughters, Emily, Monica and Julie. They are proud to call Perry Township their home.

Many of you may know Doug from his years of leadership associated with the Perry Youth Soccer Organization, and he has been employed by Fisher Foods for 28 years. Doug is a Rotarian, Past Grand Knight for Knights of Columbus Council 4533, and also a Past Board Member of St. Joseph’s Federal Credit Union.  He attends St. Joan of Arc church and is active in our community.

Doug was elected Perry Township Trustee on November 5th, 2013.  Doug has soundly based all of his decisions with the philosophy of “What is best for our Township”. We are very fortunate to have Doug as a dedicated and sincere public servant to Perry Township.

Craig_ChesslerCraig Chessler, trustee 2020

Craig Chessler is a life-long resident of Perry Township. He is a 1976 graduate of Perry High School, a former Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a graduate with honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and communications from Otterbein College. Craig earned his Jurist Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1983.

He was first elected as a Trustee in 1989. He also has served since 1985 as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Assistant Law Director for the City of Canton. He maintains a private law practice specializing in probate law, employment law, victim’s rights and mental illness advocacy. He has also served as a trustee of the Stark Trial Lawyers Academy and Perry-Navarre Joint Economic Development District and is currently secretary for the Stark Council of Governments. He is a strong supporter of Perry theatre and athletics.  There are four lovely ladies in his life; His wife, Linda, two daughters, and Hallie, the dachshund.

Ralph DeChiaraRalph DeChiara, president 2020

We are pleased to introduce Ralph DeChiara as your newly elected official.  Ralph has been a lifelong resident of Perry Township.  He grew up in the Reedurban area while attending St. Joan of Arc Elementary School.  Ralph graduated from Perry High School in 1978 as a member of the National Honor Society.  He is also a graduate of the Stark County Paramedic Program, a graduate with honors from Stark State College, Phi Theta Kappa earning Associate Degrees in Fire Emergency Services and Emergency Medical Services.  Ralph is a graduate of the Stark County Government Leadership Academy and has served in various associations throughout his career.

Ralph has served our community well as a member of the Perry Township Fire Department for the past 34 years.  He is also employed full-time by the Jackson Township Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau for the past 13 years.

Ralph has been married to his lovely wife Sandi for 22 years, and they reside in West Manor.  They are both looking forward to being actively involved in our community, and are thankful to call Perry Township their home!

On November 03, 2015, the residents of Perry Township elected Ralph to a four year term on the board of trustees.  He views the trusteeship as yet another opportunity to serve our community.  Ralph takes his responsibilities as your trustee very seriously, and promises to fulfill the duties of office and serve our residents to the best of his ability.

Special message from Trustee~ Ralph DeChiara Jr.:

"I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement as I am humbled and honored to be one of your representatives on the board.  I look forward to meeting and working with you in the future."