Background, Experience & Education

Todd has been an active member of the city since moving to Pataskala. He served on the Personnel Board of Review from 2012 until 2013. He was also a Board member in the Jefferson Meadow Condominium Association from 2012 to 2013. In 2010, he served as Chairman of the Oaks Rate Equalization Board. He is a member of Jersey Baptist Church. Todd is a fifth generation Ohioan whose ancestors are among the earliest settlers in the State. He moved to Pataskala in 2009 because of the city’s rural atmosphere and high quality of life. Todd attended Washington and Lee University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1984 with a BA in History. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army upon graduation and then served on active duty, including three years in Germany. After returning to Ohio in 1988, he began law school at Capital University. He graduated with a JD in May of 1991, and was admitted to the practice of law that November. While in law school, he joined the Ohio Army National Guard. He retired from the Guard in May of 2012 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the JAG Corps. Todd owns and operates his own law practice. His primary focus is criminal defense, both trials and appeals.

Personal Endeavors & Skills

He maintains an active and busy case load and is more likely to be found in a courthouse than in his office. He is a member of the Licking County and Columbus Bar Associations; and the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a member of Charity Newsies for 15 years and was also a “Big Brother” with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. As one of your at-large Council members, Todd’s main goal is to listen and respond to the needs and concerns of residents and businesses throughout the City. He brings to Council nearly fifty years of combined government and private sector service and experience. He will put those skills and experiences to work for your families and businesses.

A Message from Councilman Barstow

“During my term I will advocate for responsible use of your taxes; improved public safety services; quality roads, bridges and sidewalks; and responsible and rational zoning and land use policies. Together, we have a future without limits. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, so I encourage you to contact me at or 740-927-4693 with your issues, questions and concerns. I look forward to serving you.”