Whitehall City Schools has selected John Walsh as the district’s new treasurer, succeeding Steve McAfee, whose final day with the district is Oct. 24.

The school board voted 4-0 at a special meeting Sept. 26 to name Walsh, treasurer of Groveport Madison Schools, as Whitehall’s next treasurer.

Board member Zach Wright was absent.

“(Walsh) was by far the best candidate for our school district with the experience and knowledge of all school finances,” board president Mike Adkins said.

Walsh said he was acquainted with McAfee and reached out to him when he learned McAfee was returning to his previous position with Logan Elm Schools near Circleville.

“(McAfee) was someone I knew and respected, so when I found out he was leaving Whitehall, I reached out to him,” Walsh said Sept. 30.

“(McAfee) spoke highly of the district and the administrative team (and) I felt this might be a good fit for me,” he said. “I was looking for an opportunity where I could be a member of a team of collaborative leaders.”

Walsh was one of two finalists for the position.

Board members selected the finalists from eight applicants the Ohio School Boards Association presented for consideration.

Jill Smith, treasurer of Jefferson Local Schools in West Jefferson, was the other finalist.

Walsh’s first day at Whitehall schools is Oct. 25, said Ty Debevoise, director of marketing and communications for Whitehall schools.

Walsh said his first priorities will be to meet and become acquainted with the staff in the treasurer’s office and the administrative team and to begin leaning the “foundation and history” of the treasurer’s office and the district.

Walsh graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. He has 22 years of experience in school finances, 18 of those years as treasurer at three districts.

Walsh and his wife, Angie, live in Dublin with their two youngest children.

His final day as treasurer of Groveport Madison Schools is Oct. 13.

Walsh will earn $138,000 annually in Whitehall, according to Debevoise. The value of his benefits package is not yet known, he said.

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