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New Albany Township Trustee Leadership

Steve Burks

Title: Township Trustee

New Albany Township Trustee-Steve Burks

Elected: 2014

It has been my privilege to be connected to New Albany, Floyd County for 30 years. My wife Danita and I have been living here since 1997 along with our three sons, Simeon who is married to Brandi, Steven who graduated from New Albany and Seth who attends Floyd Central. I was elected to the Trustee position in 2014 after previously serving on the Floyd County Council. The joy I have in serving this community as an elected official is to take the funds that are provided by the tax payers of Floyd County and use wisdom and discretion to help those who find themselves in situations beyond their control as it pertains to the basic necessities of life. We desire to give people “a hand up” while they take their part of the responsibility to resolve the need they are facing. As an elected official we have two responsibilities, one is to the tax payer, the other to hold accountable those who are applying for assistance. We are here to serve both groups.


Jimmy Martin

Jimmy Martin-Township Trustee OfficeTitle: Clerk/Investigator

I have worked in the NA Trustee office for past 10 yrs. I had worked here previously for 8 ½ yrs. Started out as part time Investigator to full time Investigator my first time around. The past 10 years I started as Investigator, and moved to Clerk/Finance/Investigator. I have loved working here because I enjoy helping people who are in need of our services. Throughout the years I have learned so much about life in general. Such as, everyone’s stories are different and not everyone is looking for a hand out. Anyone can get in a situation where they need our help. It is an awesome feeling to see big smiles, hugs, cards, and thank you from the clients we help. I presently am in my 27th year of community service and can’t see doing anything else. Looking forward to the next couple years and maybe retirement. 


Vanessa Smiley

Vanessa SmileyTitle: Admin/Investigator

I have worked helping people in need for 14 plus years. I've worked as a behavioral health technician in a group home for women, a group home for children with autism, I was an instructor at a correctional facility conducting psychotherapy groups. Seeing the need to help people has made me set goals in my life. I went back to college in 2005 and graduated in 2011 with an Associate’s degree in Human Service, and a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management

I started working for the Trustee office in 2010 as an Administrator/Investigator and daily operations. I know people fall on “hard times” some more severe than others and when there is no one else to turn to family's come to the Trustee's office. It is important to take the time and try to understand what our clientele is walking through. Every situation is somewhat different and I want individuals to feel comfortable not uncomfortable when they walk through the door. I am blessed, and helping people is something I want to do on and off the job. People who are less fortunate than me has always had an impact on my life and it has produced a passion to help and that is what make my “job” worthwhile.

Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”