The Westerville City School District has five candidates under consideration for the treasurer's post.

The Westerville Board of Education interviewed five candidates last week. They were: Robert Hancock, Hamilton City School District treasurer; Daniel Griscom, fiscal officer, Westerville Public Library; Nina Pace, financial program manager of the Ohio Department of Education; Tammy Emerick, interim treasurer of the Bethel Local School District; and Nicole Marshall, treasurer of the Fairborn City School District.

Board President Gerrie Cotter said she and her colleagues are pleased with the applicant pool and plan to conduct final interviews on May 10.

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

As a result, the position was advertised again and 17 candidates applied by the April 13 deadline.

Cotter said she hopes the board selects someone from the five candidates.

"We need to fill this important position as soon as we can," she said.

Westerville has been using the services of the Ohio School Boards Association at an estimated cost of $7,000 to search for its next treasurer.

Assistant treasurer Laura Hendricks has been serving as interim treasurer. Former treasurer Bart Griffith began disability retirement Jan. 1, after working with the district for six years.

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