Monday thru Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday - By appointment only
Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
401 East Main Street
Services The Trustee's Office Provides
By far the largest single group of elected officials in Indiana, township trustees serve 1,008 townships covering every part of the state. The township trustee serves a four year term.
Assisting the township trustee in managing this very localized form of government is a three member township board. Among the board's duties are the adoption of the annual budget, serving as a board of finance, and approving township contracts. The current Wayne Township Board members are Marilyn Sowers, Teri Smith and Martha Dwyer.
Indiana law requires that the township trustees provide essential services to the residents of the township. Because of its "grassroots" structure, the Township Trustee system is designed specifically to quickly meet the needs of the individual in an emergency.
Wayne Township provides fire protection via contract with the City of Richmond to allresidents in unincorporated areas of Wayne Township.
Township assistance to individuals and families in need is a primary service of the trustee. The trustee assures that any assistance is provided in the most economical way while focusing on finding ways to see that the necessary needs of the individual or family are met. The applicant must show that they are unable to provide for their basic needs despite their best personal efforts (including the use of all income and available resources to pay on basic
needs) and that they have exhausted all other means.
Representative Payee Program
The Wayne Township Social Security Representative Payee Program is a free program that helps an individual manage their social security income. Click on the "Payee Program" button on the top of this page to learn more about the program.
Burial (or cremation) of individuals with no other resources for final arrangements is available from the township trustee. When there are no other means of payment available, the township trustee, according to IC Title 12, is to oversee the burial of the indigent.
According to IC Code 23-14 the Trustee is to provide and maintain cemeteries located in the township that have no cemetery association or other resources.
Each August, the trustee prepares and submits a budget for the incoming year to the three-person township board for approval. As the Chief Financial Officer of the township, the trustee pays and records all claims for the township expenses and salaries and is responsible for keeping accurate records and following all the financial guidelines set out in
In January of each year, the trustee presents to the board an annual report which shows all receipts, expenditures, investments and debts. The approved report is then published in local papers for public inspection.