Groveport Madison hires firm to help search for new treasurer

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By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

The search is on for the next Groveport Madison Schools treasurer

On Oct. 10, the Groveport Madison Board of Education approved contracting with the consulting search firm Finding Leaders, which operates out of Cleveland, to conduct the search for the new treasurer. The company is a consulting firm specializing in the recruitment of treasurers and superintendents within Ohio. The contract calls for Groveport Madison to pay Finding Leaders $9,500 (plus travel expenses and printing and advertising costs to be determined.)

Groveport Madison Board of Education President Bryan Shoemaker said the plan is for Finding Leaders to find suitable candidates for the board to conduct first and second interviews with in December.

“We may also include an open community forum in the process, but that has yet to be determined,” said Shoemaker.

He said the goal is to select the new treasurer by January.

“We’re looking for someone who is seasoned and who has a background in education finances,” said Shoemaker. “Plus, they need to have strong investment skills.”

Board member Libby Gray said, “We want somebody who understands bonds and investments and who has worked with long term budgets.”

Added board member Chris Snyder, “I want somebody who knows how to say, ‘no.’”

The new treasurer, when found, will replace outgoing Groveport Madison Treasurer John Walsh, who resigned on Oct. 13 to take the position of treasurer at Whitehall City Schools effective Oct. 14. Walsh had served as Groveport Madison treasurer since June 2015.

On Oct. 9, the board approved hiring Groveport Madison Assistant Treasurer Joyce Disharoon as interim treasurer to oversee the financial operations of the district until a new permanent treasurer is hired. She began work as interim treasurer effective Oct. 14 and Shoemaker said her salary is still being negotiated.

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