New Albany City Council on June 6 approved the hire of the city’s new finance director.

Bethany Staats of Centerburg will begin her new role July 10, with a total salary and benefits package of $153,574.34, which includes an annual salary of $112,000. She replaces former finance director Chad Fuller, who departed March 17 to take a job with Licking County government.

Staats most recently served as assistant finance director with the city of Upper Arlington. She was hired by the city in 2013 as a finance manager. 

Staats is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a master's degree in accounting and financial management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Staats was one of three people who gained final interviews for the position. Bexley finance director Beecher Hale and Columbus assistant public-services director Steven Wentzel also were interviewed.

City Manager Joe Stefanov said Staats demonstrated her leadership ability and knowledge of New Albany. She also was in charge of a team that audited the city’s financials several years ago, he said.

Staats was well-regarded by her peers as assistant finance director with Upper Arlington, he said.

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