(Posted Feb. 26, 2020)
By Andrew Garrett, staff writer
The city of London is without an auditor.
Mayor Patrick Closser announced the news at the Feb. 20 city council meeting.
Lora Long, who was elected to a full term as auditor this past November, has stepped down.
According to Closser, Long tendered her resignation on Feb. 18. She finished her official duties that same day, choosing not to give a two-week notice.
Long cited difficulties resulting from a switch in the city’s payroll system as the main reason for her resignation.
“Working with a third party company during this time made for a very rough transition,” she said.
Long was originally appointed to the auditor position by the Madison County Republican Central Committee in 2018 after the previous auditor pled guilty to theft in office for failure to reimburse the city for his own health insurance costs and for an unauthorized pay increase for a fellow employee.
The Republican Central Committee has 45 days to appoint a new auditor. Anyone interested in the position is invited to send a resume and/or letter of interest to Nicholas Adkins, committee chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be conducted at 6 p.m. March 16 at London city hall, 20 S. Walnut St.
“(Lora) is moving on to other ventures in her life, and we wish her the best of luck in the future and thank her for her service to the city,” Closser said.
Long’s departure will not affect the abilities of the city’s offices to perform their duties in a timely manner, Closser said, as the city has already brought in outside help to get “everything squared away.”
The announcement of Long’s resignation came after council member Josh Peters called for an unscheduled executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel. Closser and Joe Mosier, the city’s safety service director, were invited to take part. The executive session lasted less than five minutes.
In regular business, council passed several pieces of legislation, including:
• a resolution setting aside $10,000 to purchase fireworks for this year’s July 4th celebration;
• a resolution authorizing the safety service director to apply for an Ohio Emergency Services grant; and
• a resolution authorizing the safety service director to apply for a fire marshal’s grant through the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office.