- Michael D. Pitman Staff Writer
Fairfield Twp. trustees will meet Friday to appoint a deputy fiscal officer after the death Wednesday of Nancy Bock, who served 18 years as the township’s fiscal officer.
The news of Bock’s death, of which the cause has not yet been released, was delivered Wednesday by Fairfield Twp. Trustee President Susan Berding at the start of a zoning public hearing.
The meeting was on a zoning change request to allow a 174-home subdivision. It was continued until Dec. 14 after the news of Bock’s death.
“Mrs. Bock was a wife, mother and grandmother,” Berding said. “Nancy was well-respected and an asset to our township operation.”
Bock, 60, was re-elected in 2015 to her current four-year term.
Trustees adjourned Wednesday evening to executive session to discuss the need to fill Bock’s elected seat.
State law requires trustees to appoint a deputy fiscal officer, and that person “shall serve during the period of time the fiscal officer is absent or incapacitated, or until a successor fiscal officer is elected and qualified.”
The Fairfield Twp. fiscal officer seat is next up for election in November 2019.
“Nancy Bock was a good friend,”Fairfield Twp. Trustee Shannon Hartkemeyer said. “She served many, many years with Fairfield Twp., and selflessly giving of herself and most of her time for the betterment of the township.”
Trustee Joe McAbee said he knew Bock “many, many years” and served with her on the Parents and Teachers for Children organization at Fairfield North Elementary. He said he encouraged Bock to apply for a part-time position in the township’s clerks office. Former trustees Mark Sutton and Steve Morgan, both who each served 16 years together on the board, were on the board with McAbee when they hired Bock.
Sutton said Bock was “a confidant.” He recalls their conversations, where they would sit and talk at length about family or township business.
“She was one of the sweetest people I think I ever met,” Sutton said. “She was just very passionate about what she did and the only way I could describe her is she was a very nice person.”
Morgan said Bock “was a saint to me.”
“You couldn’t find a better person … she was a friend,” he said.
Morgan recalls how Bock was honest with her opinions, even if she disagreed.
“She was never mean, never hateful to me,” he said. “If you called and asked her for an opinion, that’s what she’d give you — an honest opinion.”
And while the elected office will be filled, Morgan said, “We can never replace Nancy Bock in Fairfield Twp. We lost a great asset in that clerks office. She took pride in that job.”
to appoint a deputy fiscal officer.
Bock is survived by her husband, Doug, and her three children and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.