A few months ago, I promoted some staff members to new positions at the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office. I did this in our continuing effort to find ways to better serve our clients. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to three staff members who received promotions, Michael DePew, Rhonda Brown and Cindy Mahler.

Mike DePew was promoted to the position of Director of Intake and Investigations. He is an eight-year veteran of our office and formerly had the position of Lead Investigator. In his new job, Mike supervises a staff of thirteen investigators and clerical personnel.

A lifelong resident of Wayne Township, Mike began his career at the Trustee’s Office working as a Casemanger at the former homeless shelter. After serving in that position for two and one-half years, Mike worked for almost a year as an Assistant Resource Specialist before becoming an Investigator and then Lead Investigator. Mike is a caring person, who truly has worked himself up through the ranks at the Trustee’s Office.

Mike became interested in a career in the social service field when he volunteered to work with children at his church. An enthusiastic participant in Township-sponsored events, Mike is well-known for his saxophone playing.

Mike played an amazing jazz rendition of the National Anthem at our Health Fair and Stand Down, both this Fall and last Fall. He plans to entertain our clients with his saxophone music at our annual Payee Christmas party on December 11. Last summer, Mike had the honor of playing the National Anthem at a Tin Caps game at Parkview Field.

“Wayne Township is a great place to work,” Mike said. “I get paid to help people and what could be better than that.”

I also have promoted two Investigators, Cindy Mahler and Rhonda Brown, to Lead Investigator positions. Some of you may know Cindy through her active involvement at Waynedale United Methodist Church.

Cindy has worked as an Investigator at the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office for the past sixteen years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from St. Francis College. Cindy, who is a cancer survivor, said her job is a “blessing” because she is able to help people and work in an environment where respect for all individuals is the utmost priority.

The first time Rhonda Brown worked at Wayne Township was from 1989 to 1993. She started as a typist and became an Investigator before leaving for a job at the Veteran’s Administration. Rhonda worked with her husband at his domestic violence and substance abuse counseling business before returning to the Township as an Investigator in 2007.

Working at Wayne Township, Rhonda said, is rewarding and challenging at the same time. Rhonda said she loves her job because it affords her the opportunity to interact with people on a daily basis and to be able to help them.

I hope all Waynedale News readers had a very happy Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas season. I know I am.


Richard A. Stevenson, Sr.
Wayne Township Trustee

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