The Olentangy Local School District's new treasurer is a familiar face.

The Olentangy Local School District's new treasurer is a familiar face.

The school board Nov. 10 voted unanimously to hire Emily Hatfield as Olentangy's chief financial officer. The board named Hatfield interim treasurer in August after former Treasurer Brian Kern left to take the same position in Dublin City Schools.

Under the contract approved by the board last week, Hatfield will assume the position of treasurer in January. The initial contract, which sets Hatfield's annual salary at $125,000, will expire before the start of the 2019-20 school year.

"I would like to thank the board of education for selecting me as the district treasurer," Hatfield said in a statement. "I am humbled to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of our district in this manner."

District spokesman Devon Immelt last week said the annual cost to the district for Hatfield's benefits was not yet available because the contract had not been finalized.

Hatfield has worked for the Olentangy school district since 2009, most recently as assistant treasurer. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Urbana University and a master's degree in the same field from Otterbein College

Hatfield worked as a corporate accountant, including a stint with the McDonald's Corp., before joining the district.

Olentangy contracted with the Ohio School Boards Association in the summer to lead the search for the district's next treasurer. The district paid about $7,000 for the group's services.

The association also led the search that resulted in the board's decision to hire Superintendent Mark Raiff in June 2015. The board also hired from within when it promoted Raiff, who previously served as the district's chief academic officer.

Raiff said Nov. 10 he was pleased with the board's decision to name Hatfield the district's next treasurer.

"I'm very happy to be working with (Hatfield) in the future," said Raiff.

School board President Dave King said in a statement Hatfield's knowledge of the district was a key factor in the board's decision to hire her.

"Mrs. Hatfield has demonstrated -- not only during our interview process, but throughout her time with the district -- that she is a consummate professional committed to maintaining Olentangy's record of strong fiscal stewardship," King said.

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