Township Hall Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM

The administrative staff, under the direction of the Board of Trustees, assist in the administration, enforcement, and execution of the policies and resolutions of the Board. The administrator supervises and directs the activities and affairs of the various divisions of township government, recommends measures for adoption to the Board, and keeps the Board fully advised on the financial conditions of the township.



John C. Zeitler, Township Administrator

John assumed the role of Township Administrator on November 8, 2010. Previously, John worked for Lucas County for 31 years, serving for 26 years as the Lucas County Director of the Office of Management and Budget. John attended the University of Toledo where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Accounting and an Associate Degree in Business Technology, majoring in Computer Technology. John has been a Sylvania resident for 23 years. He has served as a Commissioner of The Olander Park System for the past 18 years and is a member of the Sylvania Schools Finance Committee. Since March 2012 John has also been a Board Member of the Lucas County Land Bank. In 2012 he became Co-Executive Director of Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation. He and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, named William and Harrison.

Janet Ontko, Assistant Administrator/HR Director

Janet became the Human Resource Director for Sylvania Township in May, 2017, following Susan Wood’s retirement. Previously, Janet worked for the State of Ohio, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, in the Toledo, Ohio service office. Janet has over 20 years of experience as a litigation paralegal, having worked for local law firms, and state/federal government agencies, specializing in Ohio workers’ compensation, labor law and Social Security. In addition, Janet worked for several years as the Human Resources Manager for a local heavy highway and bridge construction contractor in Oregon, Ohio. Janet earned her Associate Degree in Applied Business Technology in Legal Studies from The University of Toledo in 1991, and her Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies in Human Resources Management from The University of Toledo in 2009.

Janet has lived in Sylvania Township for over 20 years and served as Secretary on the Board of Managers for the Stonehenge subdivision and pool committees.

In her free time, Janet enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, visiting art fairs/museums and walking at Wildwood Preserve and Olander Park. She enjoys researching issues related to health, nutrition, diet, exercise and holistic medicine. She is an active member at her church, and participates in Bible Study Fellowship, an interdenominational women’s Bible study.

Janet has an adult son, Stephen Ontko, who is employed as an IT Data Manager for The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, MI.

Samantha Babkiewicz
Administrative Assistant/IT Coordinator

Samantha started with Sylvania Township in May of 2011 as a temporary Receptionist and in August of 2011 she was hired on as Administrative Assistant. She later was promoted to taking on the duties of IT Coordinator in November of 2014. Before starting with the Township she dabbled in beverage development while obtaining her Associate Degree in Business Management.

She is currently studying at The University of Toledo, pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.


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