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Vote expected Nov. 21 on new district treasurer


The Marysville Board of Education is "working through the terms of employment" for a new treasurer but will not actually vote to hire until Nov. 21, according to board President Jeff Mabee.

He said the board had narrowed the search to two candidates over the past week: Judith Geers, treasurer for the Greene County Vocational School District in Xenia; and Todd Johnson, assistant treasurer for Olentangy Local Schools in Lewis Center.

"The second-round interviews went very well," Mabee said. "The board is excited to have two high-quality candidates sit for second interviews with us.

"The board does have a decision and we are currently working through the terms of employment."

Geers has been a school district treasurer/CFO for 14 years. She began her current job in November 2005. From August 2003 to 2005, she was treasurer for the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center in Urbana, and prior to that, she spent four years as treasurer for London City Schools.

Geers earned a bachelor of science degree with a major in business management leadership from Urbana University.

Johnson began working for the Olentangy district in 2008. In 2011, he took on additional duties as treasurer for Woodbury, Integrity, and Columbus Primary academies.

From 2005 to 2008, he was the treasurer for the Dalton (Ohio) Local School District. He worked for the state auditor's office from 2002-2005.

Johnson earned a master's degree in business administration from Otterbein University.

Mabee said when the board set out to find a new treasurer, there were certain qualities that were important.

"We needed someone who is very strong in fiscal management," he said. "They have to be able to analyze, interpret and communicate fiscal data so that the board and administration can make sound decisions based on quality data."

He also said the treasurer must be a great communicator.

"This person has to be able to speak to all of our stakeholders at all levels and not only be understood, but build confidence that what they are saying is transparent, accurate and trustworthy," he said.

Other important qualities are a high level of professionalism and strong leadership skills, Mabee said.

Dstrict treasurer Cindy Ritter is retiring Dec. 31.

In August, the board hired the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio to begin the search for her replacement.