(Posted March 17, 2020)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The London auditor seat is no longer vacant.
On March 16, London representatives of the Madison County Republican Central Committee voted 2-1 to appoint Kenna Combs to the position. One of the four London Central Committee members was absent for the vote.
Combs replaces Lora Long who resigned as auditor on Feb. 18. Long had just won election to a new four-year term in the November 2019 election. Combs will serve through the end of this year. The remaining three years of the unexpired term will be up for grabs in the November 2020 election.
Combs was the only candidate who attended the Central Committee’s March 16 interview and appointment meeting. According to Nicholas Adkins, committee chairman, a second candidate withdrew from consideration prior to the meeting.
Combs, 35, works as a deputy clerk for the Madison County Municipal Court, a position she has held since November 2014. Her duties include processing complaints, evictions, summons, subpoenas, motions and other court-related documents. She also collects and processes payments for court costs, fines, garnishment payments and filing fees, completes the court’s daily bank deposit, and balances the monthly bank statements, among other duties.
In a letter of recommendation addressed to Adkins, David L. Owens, municipal court magistrate, said the following about Combs: “She has proven to be the most efficient and diligent employee I have encountered at this court. She is well presented, smart, responsible, trustworthy and likes to stay busy.”
Prior to her work with the municipal court, Combs was a medical receptionist and scheduler for three years with the Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center in Columbus. She attended London High School for three years after which she completed coursework to receive her GED in 2010.
As for why she pursued the city auditor’s position, Combs said, “I saw it as an opportunity to further my career and my knowledge.”
She plans to resign from her job at the municipal court in order to fulfill the full-time duties of city auditor. She also plans to run for election to the remaining three years of the unexpired term in the November election.