Chad Fuller, Licking County's chief deputy auditor, got a new job last week.

Chad Fuller, Licking County's chief deputy auditor, got a new job last week.

New Albany City Council on Feb. 19 hired Fuller as finance director.

Fuller is expected to start March 18.

"We're looking forward to having your expertise around," New Albany Mayor Nancy Ferguson told him. "You've got a great reputation."

Fuller is from Continental in Putnam County. He has a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Ashland University and a master's degree in business from Franklin University.

The Newark resident started his career in Licking County as director of information technology services. He worked as a finance director and director of enterprise and development solutions before being appointed chief deputy auditor.

"This was just more a matter of a great opportunity," Fuller said. "In Licking County, I had reached capacity, as far as my professional development."

Fuller's wife, Kerry, teaches seventh-grade reading and language arts at New Albany Middle School. He said her good experiences working in New Albany factored into his decision to apply for the position.

Fuller said the couple is looking forward to moving into the community.

Fuller will earn $94,500 annually and will receive three weeks of vacation, said city spokesman Scott McAfee. The value of his benefits package was not yet calculated.

Fuller earned $90,199.20 annually as Licking County's chief deputy auditor and the county paid $19,700.44 in benefits for him, he said.

The city accepted 50 applications for the position after James Nicholson -- now the finance director for Pataskala -- resigned last June.

After completing a series of interviews, city officials offered the position in November to Westerville resident Meghan Needham, senior manager with the Julian and Grube accounting firm. Needham declined the position and City Council decided to contract for services in 2013.

Fuller said he applied in December.

McAfee said Fuller was the only other person interviewed in the search.