October 30, 2014

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Westfield Twp.: Fiscal officer chosen

A Zoning Commission alternate is the township’s new fiscal officer.

Township trustees unanimously appointed Kathy Zweifel as fiscal officer to fill the seat left vacant by the Jan. 6 resignation of Sandy Tryon.

Zweifel also was an alternate on the Zoning Commission from 2009-11.

Kathy Zweifel

Kathy Zweifel

She has a bachelor of science in pre-law from the University of Akron and 20 years of experience in the construction industry, according to her resume.

“Her background provided the best experience to pursue and learn the job and help the township move forward,” Trustee James Likley said.

After Tryon resigned Jan. 6, assistant fiscal officer Martha Evans followed 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 Medina County Board of Elections and ran unopposed. Trustees appointed her to the position and she was elected in November 2012. Tryon then hired Evans as her assistant.

Their resignations in January left the township with no one to pay the bills or certify trustees’ actions.

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

Also seeking the post was Linda Farnsworth, who 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.

Zweifel took office immediately but will need to run for election in November 2015. Fiscal officers serve four-year terms.
Likley said trustees will advertise for Zweifel’s alternate seat on the Zoning Commission.

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