July 24, 2016

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Westfield Twp. looks to appoint fiscal officer soon

Westfield Township trustees hope to appoint a fiscal officer next week to fill the unexpired term of Sandy Tryon.

Trustee James Likley said two residents have applied for the position as of Wednesday: Kathy Zweifel and Linda Farnsworth.

Trustees have 30 days — until Wednesday — to make an appointment and will hold an executive session meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to interview both candidates.

“We expect to come out with an appointment,” Likley said.

Zweifel is an alternate on the Zoning Commission and earlier has served as a zoning commission alternate from 2009 to 2011. She has a bachelor of science in pre-law from the University of Akron and has 20 years of experience in the construction industry, according to her resume.

Farnsworth has served as the treasurer for the Cloverleaf Booster Club for more than 15 years, and studied accounting at the Wayne County Career Center while in high school.

Her most recent employment, according to an email she sent to Likley, was as a data processing manager and supervisor at The Mail Room Inc. in Medina from 1991 to 2002.

The trustees had set Jan. 25 as a deadline for applying, but Likley said the trustees will accept all applications from residents interested in serving the township.

The township was left without a fiscal officer after Tryon resigned Jan. 6 and assistant fiscal officer Martha Evans resigned at a trustees meeting three days later.

Evans was elected as fiscal officer in November 2011 but resigned before her term began in April 2012. She had agreed to serve in an interim capacity until a new fiscal officer was appointed.

Tryon was the only one to file with the Board of Elections and ran unopposed. Trustees appointed her to the position and she was officially elected in November. Tryon then hired Evans as assistant.

On Jan. 10, trustees struck an agreement with Guilford Township fiscal officer Ray Ruprecht to serve as fiscal officer in a temporary emergency capacity.

“Mr. Ruprecht is doing an excellent job for us, meeting all the needs of the township, and just getting bills paid and keeping the lights on,” Likley said.

Former trustee and now zoning inspector Carolyn Sims said that if trustees fail to appoint a fiscal officer by Wednesday, they will have to pull Tryon’s candidate petition from the Board of Elections to see if she appointed a nominating committee.

A nominating committee would be responsible for naming her replacement in the event of an unexpired term that trustees cannot fill.

If there is no nominating committee named on the filing, a county judge would then appoint a replacement.

Sims said fiscal officer candidates need only be eligible voters, meaning they are 18, have no felony convictions and live within township jurisdiction. They must also be eligible for bonding.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.