The Westerville City School District soon will have a new treasurer.

The district's school board approved legislation May 21 to hire Nicole Marshall, treasurer of Fairborn City School District, as treasurer effective July 1.

"The board was highly committed to finding the right person to fill this critical vacancy," said Superintendent John Kellogg. "They put a great deal of time and energy into their search for the district's next treasurer. I look forward to working with Nicole and can't wait for her to join our leadership team full time."

The board also approved a consulting agreement with Marshall as an independent contractor effective May 22 to June 30 to help transition responsibility for district business from Westerville's interim treasurer, Laura Hendricks.

The agreement states the days of service will include up to 10 days, as authorized by the board president.

Compensation will be at the rate of $576.92 per day, paid on a monthly or bi-monthly basis as determined by the board.

The employment agreement with Marshall as treasurer begins July 1 and continues through July 31, 2021.

She will be paid an annual salary of $150,000.

Greg Viebranz, the district's executive director of communications and technology, said benefits are estimated at $35,600, assuming she would opt in to medical, dental and vision insurance plans.

"After completing an extensive and thorough search process, we are pleased to welcome Nicole to the district's leadership team as our next treasurer and chief financial officer," said Gerrie Cotter, board president. "Nicole has the depth and breadth of skills necessary to manage the day-to-day fiscal operations of a large school system.

"We were particularly impressed with the work she has done in the areas of long-range planning, securing grants, and facilities initiatives," Cotter said.

Marshall, who will turn 37 on May 31, said the Westerville schools are well known for academic excellence and have the reputation of being a "destination district" where people want to work and live.

She said she and her family visited the community when deciding whether to apply, and they have returned to the area several times.

"Westerville is a beautiful city with loads of charm," Marshall said. "My family and I fell in love with the city and the schools instantly. We're excited about moving and becoming part of the community. I'm also very much looking forward to what the future holds for Westerville City Schools and being part of the district's leadership team."

As Westerville's treasurer, Marshall will serve as the district's chief fiscal officer and be responsible for management of its financial affairs.

She will report to the board and is subject to its direction.

The treasurer directs and assigns the treasurer's staff and other employees engaged in the day-to-day fiscal operations of the district, as designated by the board.

Marshall has worked as treasurer at Fairborn for the past four years.

Prior to that, she worked as the assistant treasurer for Kettering City Schools from January 2012 to August 2014. She also worked as a project accountant for the state auditor's office from 2005 to 2012.

Marshall has both a school-treasurer license and a school-business-manager license from the Ohio Department of Education.

She attended Shawnee State University and received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

In addition to completing the Kettering Leadership Academy, Marshall's continuing education includes university coursework in public school law, public school finance, leadership and organizational behavior, management of human resources, marketing management and planning, and research for managers.

She is a past president of the Miami Valley School Business Officials and is active with the Ohio Association of School Business Officials as a current member of its foundation board.

Cotter said she would be remiss if she didn't extend the board's thanks to Hendricks, who will continue to serve as interim treasurer until Marshall joins the district.

"Laura has done an exceptional job, and we are extremely grateful for her willingness to step in and keep our fiscal operations running smoothly until we completed the search for our next treasurer," Cotter said.

The Ohio School Boards Association facilitated the search process on the district's behalf.

Former Westerville treasurer Bart Griffith began disability retirement Jan. 1 after working with the district for six years.