Chronologically, Truro Township’s new fiscal officer is the youngest of all the township’s elected officials, but she is sure of one thing, age does not matter when finances are your first priority.
"I am very motivated," said Natalie West, a 19 year township resident who graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 2003, "and I am a lot older, brain-wise, than my physical age. It was my first time running for public office when Dennis (Nicodemus) told me about the opportunity and supported me."
West is a graduate of Columbus State. She is pursuing a degree in early childhood development at Ohio Dominican and is employed by Dorcy International in the company’s accounting department. She was sworn in during the township trustees’ April 3 meeting after winning the November election against incumbent Nancy Shroyer.
"My biggest challenge right now is learning the job while going to school and still working full time," West said following the ceremony. "Payroll is another big issue and we need to make sure everything is straightened out and correct. I want to make the job more efficient. I want to make sure checks go out in a timely manner."
The trustees welcomed West and said she has a big job to do. According to the Ohio Township Association, the fiscal officer-formerly known as the township clerk-is responsible for keeping accurate records of all accounts, transactions and proceedings.
Trustee Dennis Nicodemus stated, "I want to welcome Natalie. She has a heck of a job ahead of her to learn the fiscal officer’s job. Natalie has her hands full right now."
"I want to pledge the trustees’ support for our new fiscal officer," added Trustee Pat Mahaffey.
Other Truro news
•Roads Superintendent Stan Knoderer said a property owner was referred to the Franklin County Board of Health because of an above-ground discharge of their sump pump.
•Knoderer said, in the course of a township drive-through with a county representative, 25 violations were cited, with the majority issued for inoperative vehicles.
"With the expired tags, I feel it is a nuisance issue for the Franklin County Sheriff," stated Knoderer. "Two violations were for illegally parked commercial vehicles, one was for illegal display of a sign, another was for an illegally parked recreational vehicle, and one was for an accumulation of waste products. All but one occurred in the Qualstan area."