The Delaware City School District will welcome a new treasurer and chief financial officer in January.

The Delaware City School District will welcome a new treasurer and chief financial officer in January.

Melissa Lee accepted the position with the district Tuesday, Nov. 27, with plans to begin work Jan. 7, although a formal contract has yet to be signed.

Current Treasurer Christine Blue submitted her resignation in September and will depart this month. She has held her position as treasurer for 16 years.

Lee currently works as assistant treasurer for the Hilliard City School District, where she has been for the past eight years.

Lee also has worked for the state auditor's office as an assistant auditor and audit manager.

Lee was selected from of a pool of applicants to be interviewed by Finding Leaders. She then was chosen as one of the top finalists to be interviewed by the board.

She said she was pleased with the process and is excited about starting in January.

"In terms of the tasks I'll be doing, they will be similar to my tasks in Hilliard," she said. "Delaware is a smaller district with fewer students and small budget, but the functions I do now will translate."

Lee has family members who live in Delaware. She said she was aware the city had a great school district and wanted to be part of it.

Although she doesn't yet have any long-range goals for the district, she plans to assess the situation once she takes her new position.

"I hope to bring my experience and knowledge to the district and begin to evaluate what is already in place before I bring in new ideas," she said.

Superintendent Paul Craft said he believes school board members made a great decision in selecting Lee.

He said that there were many "wonderful candidates that would have been successful," but Lee stood out among them.

"People think the world of her and her abilities," he said. "We are very fortunate to have her."

Craft said Ohio requires a separation of powers between the superintendent and the district treasurer, which means the treasurer is hired by the board and reports directly to board members.

"It has led to a lot fewer scandals and problems than any other state," he said.

Lee will work with Craft, and both will continue to report to the board.