Bowen’s back: Former Lake Twp. trustee plans another run


MILLBURY — A longtime Lake Township trustee is trying to get her old job back.

Melanie Bowen-Greenwald, who served as trustee from 1998-2015, said she will run for position again in November.

Bowen-Greenwald said she is retiring from her human resources job at Greif in Oregon on June 1, and wants to serve her community again.

“I want to bring back in Music in the Park and all that staff. It saddens me that it’s all gone,” she said. “The quality-of-life things are the things that make this township great.

Bowen-Greenwald said she decided not to run again for trustee in 2015 after she got married and her father became seriously ill. He died later that year.

“When I left I thought I was done, but now I find myself at a point in life when I have more time,” she said. “I just look forward to maybe doing some good things yet again. I think I have more to give.”

She is president of the VFW 9963 auxiliary.

There are several challenges coming up in the township. Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is the township administrator, is going to transition out of law enforcement and into a full-time administrator. A full-time chief will be hired.

A new fire chief was recently hired, replacing Bruce Moritz.

“I was part of hiring both of them (Hummer and Moritz). It makes me a little sad because they both did a great job,” Bowen-Greenwald said.

Buddy Ritson, who is the township fiscal officer, has also announced that he will run for trustee.

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