The Westerville City School District is restarting the process to find its new treasurer.

Greg Viebranz, executive director of communication and technology, said the school board had narrowed its search from a dozen applicants to three finalists, but two of the three then withdrew from the process for personal reasons.

Board President Gerrie Cotter said the position would be reposted.

"We had three great finalists, and two pulled out for personal reasons," she said. "We didn't want to select from one final candidate since it's such an important position for the district."

There were only 12 candidates who applied, Cotter said, so the board wanted to get a fresh pool.

"Previous applicants can apply again," she said. "It's disappointing, but I'm optimistic about the next group."

Cotter said the position would be reposted soon, with an application deadline of April 13.

She said the board is in the process of scheduling dates to interview candidates after that deadline.

"It will take a month to run through the rounds after the application deadline," Cotter said. "I hope to hire someone in May or June -- as soon as we can."

Assistant treasurer Laura Hendricks is serving as interim treasurer.

"She has been running the day-to-day (operations) for quite some time," Cotter said.

Former Westerville treasurer Bart Griffith began disability retirement Jan. 1, after working with the district for six years.

Under Griffith's leadership, efforts to stabilize and strengthen the district's finances resulted in Moody's Investors Service upgrading the district from Aa2 to Aa1, the second-highest possible ranking.

As a result, the district is one of 20 in Ohio with the highest or second-highest rating from Moody's.

Additionally, the district received its fifth consecutive Ohio Auditor of State Award with Distinction for meeting rigorous financial reporting and operational standards.

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