The Ashville Community Men’s Club presented Marty King, left, and Charles K.Wise with Distinguished Service Awards during the Ashville 4th of July Celebration last week. “These are two good sons of Ashville,” presenter Dave Rainey said.
For several years King would bring his horses and wagon and provide rides for kids and families as they’d travel through the village during their visits with Santa Claus. “He has a big heart and will help anyone he sees in need,” Dave Rainey, a member of the the club, announced to the crowd watching.
Wise has dedicated himself to the public service of Ashville and the surrounding community, having spent nearly 40 years between the Ashville Police Department and as mayor of Ashville. He has been involved in numerous other community-related activities over the years and remains a very active member of the community.
He is a former Boy Scout Troop 159 leader, coached several seasons in the Teays Valley Youth Baseball League, is a a member of the Ashville Men’s Community Club and Pickaway County Community Action. He is a former volunteer firefighter and EMT, and is very active at Village Chapel.
While a member of the Ashville Police Department and throughout his time as mayor, Wise was involved with several community programs such as Fun in the Sun, Just Say No, Juvenile Diversion, National Night Out, law enforcement memorial ceremonies, Safety Day, and the Bicycle Rodeo.
He spent 18 years as an officer with the police department. His 12 years as chief of police is one of the two longest tenures in the village’s history. Soon after he retired from the police department, Wise was elected to his first term as mayor. He is now serving his 20th year as mayor making him the longest-serving mayor in Ashville’s 137-year history.