(Posted Jan. 12, 2016)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The five London members of the Madison County Republican Central Committee chose Nick Szabo to serve as London city auditor for the next two years.
The appointment was made on Dec. 29. Other candidates for the position were Lora Long and Bob Zabloudil. Szabo received four votes; Long received one vote.
“It was a tough decision. We deliberated for an hour because all of the candidates had good qualities,” said Steve Saltsman, a London representative on the central committee.
Szabo replaces Katie Hensel who resigned as city auditor in November just as she was elected to a second four-year term. Hensel left the position to take a job outside the county. David Eades, mayor at the time, appointed Szabo to complete the remaining month of Hensel’s first term. Law dictated that the central committee appoint a replacement to serve the first two years of the new term. The remaining two years, ending in December 2019, will be up for election in 2017.
“I’m very happy to accept the position. I look forward to moving forward and getting my feet wet,” said Szabo about his appointment.
Szabo first joined the auditor’s office in August to work on payroll. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Capital University, where he also took managerial and financial accounting courses. He earned a master’s degree in marketing from Franklin University. His past work experience includes managing 200 to 300 temporary associates, payroll, and on-site supervision.
Szabo is working toward a certified public accountant certificate and is registered for a State Auditor’s class for newly elected officials in the public finance sector.
“I have a willingness to give it 110 percent. I’m willing to put in the time and effort,” he said. “I am here to serve the public. Everything I do in the auditor’s office relates to the taxpayers’ dollars.”