Long-time Gahanna resident, Joe Spanovich, is currently Fiscal Officer of the Mifflin Township Board of Trustees and has more than five decades in public service.
He first ran for public office as a Gahanna Village Councilman, a post he held until 1985. Most notably, Joe served as the first Mayor of Gahanna, when Gahanna passed the significant milestone of changing from a village to a city. Gahanna was officially declared a city in 1970.
As mayor of Gahanna, he was instrumental in ushering in a new era for the city, facilitating the transfer from a village to a city, which included new services and an expanded staff and infrastructure. He grew the Police Department to a full-time status, and oversaw the development of the Municipal Complex, located on Hamilton Road in downtown Gahanna. He initiated the development of the industrial complex located in the southern portion of Gahanna.
In 1985, Joe ran for Mifflin Township Board of Trustees, serving Mifflin Township resident for more than 32 year as trustee. In 2018, Joseph Spanovich was appointed as fiscal officer by the board of trustees for the township.
Born on Aug. 4, 1928 in Columbus to Joseph and Helen Spanovich, Joe was married to the late Katherine Spanovich (Weiss) for 59 years. He has a daughter, Julia, and two sons, Tony and Joe Spanovich, along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Spanovich served in the United States Navy immediately out of high school. As the conflict in Europe was coming to an end, Petty Officer Spanovich served as an interpreter in the countries in and around the Adriatic Sea. He served in the United States Navy for three years during and immediately following World War II, and in the Naval Reserve for five more years.