Grandview's small-town setting is one of the factors that led the city's new finance director to apply for the position.

Grandview's small-town setting is one of the factors that led the city's new finance director to apply for the position.

Robert Dvoraczky started his new job on June 18. He had served since 2003 as finance administrator for the Fairfield County Auditor's Office Finance Department.

"After working for many years in a state or university setting, when I started at Fairfield County, I found I really enjoyed the smaller atmosphere," Dvoraczky said. "It gives you the ability to dig deeper into issues and you can make more of a difference."

Working in a small community like Grandview will provide even more opportunity for that kind of hands-on experience, he said.

"I feel very good about being here," Dvoraczky said. "Everyone has made me feel very welcome. I really like the people I get to work with in the finance department. When I wake up in the morning, I'm really excited about coming to work."

Numbers and finances have always interested him, even as a child, he said.

When he was in fifth grade, his school conducted an evaluation of students to project what career path they would take.

"They had me pegged for this type of career," Dvoraczky said. "I never was any good at science, but I was able to multiply and divide rather quickly. It seemed I had an aptitude for it that manifested itself pretty early."

The accounting classes he took in high school only increased his interest, he said.

Dvoraczky, who grew up in the Cleveland area, earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance in 1977 from Marquette University.

"It was the year Marquette won the NCAA basketball championship under Al McGuire," he said. "I think it's the only championship they've ever won. It was exciting."

He worked for 10 years as an audit supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and four years as assistant director of accounting services at the University of Wisconsin.

Dvoraczky later worked as a self-employed CPA, finance director for the Rosemont Center in Columbus and as the business manager for the Reading Recovery Program in Ohio State University's School of Teaching and Learning before joining the Fairfield County Auditor's Office.

Beginning in a finance director position, "you have to jump right in. There's really no time to waste," he said. "I think it will be easy for me to get up to speed quickly because people tell you what the issues are and council and the administration will tell me what issues" they want to concentrate on.

"The income tax rate will change next year and in light of that we will be working together to do a forecast of revenues and expenditures," Dvoraczky said. "A big part of that equation will be how quickly the Grandview Yard project comes together."

Dvoraczky and his wife, Victoria, live in northwest Columbus with their daughters, Lilia, 8, and Eva, 5.