(Posted Oct. 12, 2016)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Jason Schwaderer, a former London city councilman, is now the city’s interim treasurer. He replaces Rob Slane, who was elected to the position in 2013.
Mayor Patrick Closser appointed Schwaderer on Oct. 4, the day after Slane resigned to become Madison County’s first county administrator. Closser made the appointment quickly so that city business could continue without interruption.
“I consulted with the safety service director, law director and auditor and, after weighing my options, I made my appointment,” Closser said. “I feel (Schwaderer) will do a great job and be a huge asset to the city.”
Schwaderer will serve as interim treasurer until the Madison County Republican Central Committee appoints a permanent replacement to complete the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017. The committee has until mid-November to make the appointment. Anyone interested in the position should submit a letter of interest and resumé to Steve Saltsman, committee chairman, 102 N. Madison, London, OH 43140. The committee’s four London representatives will interview the candidates and make the appointment. A date has not yet been set for interviews.
Schwaderer said he has already notified Saltsman of his interest in the permanent appointment. He also plans to run for election next year for the new four-year term that starts in 2018.
Schwaderer served on the city’s historic review board before being elected to city council. During his four-year term, he was a member of council’s finance and safety-service committees. He did not win a bid for re-election to council in last year’s election, but continued to serve the city as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals and chairman of the city properties committee. He resigned both of those seats Oct. 4 to take the interim treasurer position.
Closser appointed two individuals to the Board of Zoning Appeals, one to fill Schwaderer’s seat and another to fill the seat vacated by Steven Douglas last month. The new BZA members are Joe Russell and Bob Zabloudil.
Regarding his interest in the treasurer job, Schwaderer said, “It’s another way to get more involved in the city.”
He said his familiarity with how the city works and his personal work experience make him a good fit for the position. For the past 11 years, he has worked for an architecture and engineering firm in New Albany, where he manages staff, clients, money and contracts, and handles monthly billing.