The current and former Prairie Township fiscal officers will face off at the polls on Nov. 8.

The current and former Prairie Township fiscal officers will face off at the polls on Nov. 8.

Former fiscal officer Lori Montag and incumbent Dan McCardle say they are running for the elected position for different reasons.

“I enjoyed the position before and I want to give back to my community,” Montag said.

She said her family has lived in the township for more than 60 years. She is a Linden McKinley High School graduate and attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton, where she received academic recognition, she said.

Montag currently works for Home Depot in Grove City. She worked for NCR Corp. from 1993 to 2001 and was Prairie Township’s fiscal officer from November 2003 to April 2008.

McCardle said he is running for reelection because he is an effective leader whose work has saved the township money in many areas during his term.

“I enjoy my role in our township government, working with the trustees, township administration and staff,” McCardle said. “I take great pride in serving our township and I would like to continue to do so for another four years.”

Responsibilities of the fiscal officer include the oversight of all accounting processes, processing and payment of all township bills and invoices, receipts, payroll for more than 100 full- and part-time employees, reporting for two pension plans and investment processing of the township’s $4-million rainy day fund, McCardle said.

Other responsibilities include ensuring that there are adequate safeguards and internal controls in place, bank reconciliations, street light assessments, timely assembly of board meeting minutes and the coordination of the standard bi-annual audit process.

McCardle holds a BSBA from Ohio State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1995. In the past, he has held positions as a tax preparer, an audit manager, and finance director and controller. He continues to attend at least 40 hours of continuing education annually, he said.

“I have years of experience in developing internal controls, policies and procedures, budgets, management of cash flows, and financial analysis,” McCardle said. “As an accounting professional, I have always strived to strengthen the role of the accounting department through cooperation with others and enhanced financial reporting.”

Montag said there are many reasons to like the job of fiscal officer.

“I enjoyed helping the residents of the township,” Montag said.

She said if elected, she will make sure she is always there for the township residents.

“If elected, I will be innovative and do more for less,” she said.

McCardle said there is no doubt he has enjoyed the position of fiscal officer and hopes he will have the chance to continue what he is doing if re-elected.

“I will continue working to make this office more efficient and less costly to our township,” McCardle said.