New Albany City Council on Feb. 19 accepted City Manager Joseph Stefanov’s recommendation to hire Chad Fuller as finance director.
Fuller, who is Licking County’s chief deputy auditor, is expected to start March 18.
“We’re looking forward to having your expertise around,” Mayor Nancy Ferguson said. “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.
He started his career in Licking County as director of information technology services and 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.”
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, the city offered the position in November to Meghan Needham of Westerville, senior manager with the Julian and Grube accounting firm.
She declined the position and City Council decided to contract with someone for services in 2013.
Fuller said he applied in December.
City spokesman Scott McAfee said Fuller was the only other person interviewed in the search.