(Posted Dec. 14, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison editor
The five London members of the Madison County Republican Central Committee will meet Dec. 29 to interview candidates and possibly appoint one of the candidates to replace Katie Hensel, who resigned as London city auditor.
To date, two individuals have expressed interest in the position: Nick Szabo, interim auditor, and Lora Long, who was recently elected to a four-year term as the Ward 3 representative on London city council. Should Long receive the appoint-ment, she would have to resign from her council seat.
The committee will meet at 6 p.m. at the Madison County Emergency Management Agency office, 271 Elm St., London. The meeting is open to the public. Interviews will take place in open session. Deliberation will take place behind closed doors. The five voting committee members are Bill Blazer, Josh Clifton, Bonnie Hamilton, Steve Saltsman and Steve Scaggs.
Hensel’s resignation became effective on Nov. 27. She left the position to take another job shortly after being elected to a new four-year term that starts in January. Mayor David Eades appointed Szabo, formerly the assistant city auditor, to serve as interim auditor.
Because Hensel ran as a Republican for the new term, law dictates that the five London representatives of the Madison County Republican Central Committee appoint a replacement to serve from the start of the new term until the Board of Elections certifies results of the November 2017 election.
Any London resident interested in being considered for the appointment is asked to attend the Dec. 29 committee meeting. Saltsman requests that interested candidates submit letters of interest or resumés beforehand, though he said it is not required. He can be reached at (740) 852-3115 or (740) 506-1108.
About the city auditor position, Salts-man said, “It’s probably the most important function in city government as far as finances go.”