The race to be Truro Township's fiscal officer will present voters with two familiar names on Nov. 8.
The race to be Truro Township’s fiscal officer will present voters with two familiar names on Nov. 8.
Incumbent Natalie West-Nicodemus, seeking a second term, is being challenged by former fiscal officer Nancy Schroyer. The two faced each other in 2007 when Schroyer was the incumbent. West-Nicodemus won that race.
West-Nicodemus, 26, has lived in Reynoldsburg 23 years. She is married to Jeremy Nicodemus.
She received an arts degree from Columbus State Community College in 2006 and a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Ohio Dominican University in 2011. She is a substitute teacher with Westerville schools.
Before becoming the township’s fiscal officer, West-Nicodemus spent six years in the accounting department at Dorcy International.
She said her four years in office and her previous accounting experience are among the qualifications that make her a good candidate.
“I’m organized, I’m very conscientious, I’m good at the accounting job and good with numbers,” West-Nicodemus said, adding that she also has a good rapport “with everybody that works at the township.”
She said she is running for a second term because she enjoys the work and the people she works with.
“I think they’ve been happy with the things that I’ve been able to do and accomplish. It’s an enjoyable job, and very low-stress,” she said.
West-Nicodemus said it’s difficult to identify the township’s most pressing need because at the moment, things are running well.
“We’re not hurting for money; everybody for the most part is getting along, but there is going to be a transition coming with Chief Jerry Foltz and administrator Bob Stapleton both retiring,” she said. “So there will be a need for getting everybody in line and back together but really, I’m happy where I’m at and happy with the way things are running and I don’t want that to change.”
Schroyer, 51, has lived in Reynoldsburg and Truro Township collectively for the past 30 years.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Ohio State University in 1983 and is a certified public accountant.
Schroyer has spent most of her career in accounting since 1985, and has been an accountant with the Department of Defense, Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) since 2008.
She was hired by Truro Township in May 1996 as its fiscal officer after Roger Start retired, working there until November 1997 when she ran for the seat only to lose to Anita Miller.
In February 1998, Miller died suddenly and the township appointed Bob Stapleton as its fiscal officer until the next election in 2000, when Schroyer was elected over Stapleton.
In 2004, she ran against Jeff Johnson and won a second term, but lost a bid for a third term against West-Nicodemus in the 2007 election.
Schroyer said her experience working in accounting and being the township’s fiscal officer for more than 10 years qualifies her for the position.
“I did the job for 10 years and I think I did the job well. I enjoy doing the work — it’s accounting work, it’s what I do, it’s what I know, and I’m a CPA,” Schroyer said.
She said she has been keeping an eye on the township’s business for the past four years.
“I’ve read the minutes of how things are and I think I can do a better job,” Schroyer said. “And I made mistakes when I worked there. I‘m sure she (West-Nicodemus) has made mistakes, but as an accountant, you know how to fix those mistakes and I think I did.”
Schroyer said the most pressing thing the township needs is a fiscal officer who knows how to reconcile its bank statements to its books.
“You need an accountant to do that job É that’s what my job is, I’m a CPA,” she said. “The office and the budget has grown over the years and the requirements are changing all the time. It’s just a more complex job than what it used to be years ago.”
In addition, Schroyer said Fire Chief Jerry Foltz has always done a good job with his budget and keeping it in line.
“The whole township’s really done a great job in staying within their budget and making sure that they weren’t spending everything they got,” she said.