Elected Officials


Terry Darraugh

The Supervisor, as the executive officer of the Township, manages its day-to-day operations and is independently responsible for administering the General Assistance Program. The Supervisor oversees all the programs of the Township and conducts the monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees. The Supervisor is a voting member of the Board.

The Supervisor's office staff is trained to assist with all of the programs the office administers.


Scott Helton

The Township Assessor is an elected position that oversees the property assessment within the Township. The Assessor’s Office staff is responsible for establishing the market value on all parcels of real estate on an annual basis. The assessed value is used to determine each taxpayer's share of the tax burden. Fairness and equity are applied to all assessments to ensure fair distribution of taxes.

Highway Commissioner

Scott V. Anderson

The Township Highway Commissioner is elected to oversee the Township Highway District, which cares for all the roads in the unincorporated areas of the Township.

In many respects, the Shields Township Road District is an independent government. Though the Township Board of Trustees certifies the Highway Department’s levy, the Highway Department operates and provides its services separately.


Joy Gayter

The Township Clerk keeps the official records of the Township, takes minutes of all Township Board meetings, and helps to disseminate information about Township meetings, budgets, and activities.

The clerk's office also serves certain election-related functions, including serving as the distribution point for election materials from the County Clerk for precinct election judges.


Kathy Blahunka

Matt Garrity

Jeff Urso

Kathryn Walker-Eich 

The Shields Township Board consists of the Supervisor and four Trustees, elected at large. Together, these five voting members establish Township policy, approve bill payments, and certify tax levies. The Supervisor, as the executive officer, manages the day-to-day operations of the Township and is independently responsible for administering the General Assistance Program. All Township officials are elected to four-year terms.