Have a question about your local taxes or a complaint about a neighbor? Johnstown residents can now speak with a new village employee at the Johnstown village offices, 599 S. Main St.

Have a question about your local taxes or a complaint about a neighbor? Johnstown residents can now speak with a new village employee at the Johnstown village offices, 599 S. Main St.

Council recently approved hiring Lisa Rawson as the village's new administrative assistant and clerk of council.

Jim Lenner, village manager, said Rawson will "be the face of the office." She is expected to start her duties tomorrow (Nov. 28).

Rawson will manage everyday office responsibilities, including taking payments and helping with general residential questions. She'll also be responsible for council meeting minutes.
Besides managing the office, Lenner said, Rawson will help finance director Larry Heiser with some fiscal work.

"I'm just so interested in that whole facet of working with all the directors and kind of doing just a whole array of jobs," Rawson said. "I'm excited to learn all that I can about Johnstown. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

Rawson was previously a court reporter for 15 years and has also worked for the city of Columbus Department for Trade and Development. She said she is ready to get back into a government setting.

"I'm ready to deal with the public and see what I can do there, and help out wherever I can and get to know everybody," Rawson said.

Lenner said Johnstown had a clerk of council in 2010 but has never had an administrative assistant. He said the position is needed due to productivity concerns within the office.

"In order to be more efficient and provide better service… Right now taxpayers are paying my salary to make copies that people request and stuff like that," Lenner said.

Lenner said Rawson was the most qualified applicant for the position.

Rawson said she understands how hard village officials like Lenner work to make Johnstown run smoothly and said she wants to help out as soon as possible.

"It seems like the directors are going to work to try and make everybody happy and do the best they can," Rawson said.

Rawson currently lives in Heath but said she is ready to call Johnstown her second home. Employees are not required to live within village limits to work for Johnstown.

"I think Johnstown is just a beautiful little town. It's got so much promise and so much is happening there," she said. "It's going to be exciting and the people, the directors over there, they are just an outstanding group."