Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Goshen Township Trustees are extending their welcome to their newly-appointed fiscal officer.
Trustees have appointed township resident Darissa Lute to finish out the unexpired term of Amanda Spies, who recently resigned from the position. Trustee Bill Miller says Lute is highly qualified to take over the township’s record-keeping duties and help them get their books back in order.
“We checked her background, checked references and people that have worked with her in the past. She seems very qualified. She’s come in to look over the situation. She’s kind of familiar with it over the past period of time. She’s very comfortable with the position, and we felt confident she can serve and fulfill the duties,” he explains.
Lute is a 40-year resident of the Roswell area and currently serves as the fiscal officer for Port Washington. She held the same position in her hometown in the mid-2000s and helped them get their books straightened out after their records were deemed unauditable. Lute says she’s excited for the opportunity to put her skills and experience to use to help Goshen Township overcome a similar situation.
“I have been a fiscal officer or clerk, treasurer for a couple other little villages for approximately about 20 years, so I’m looking forward to working with the state and Goshen Township Trustees to get the financial records in order and back on track,” she says.
Miller says Lute will initially be working alongside Chris Kerby, the deputy fiscal officer they hired last month to help them start getting their records back in order.
“Both of them will work in unison to finish out the reconstruction of our books, and Darissa will be serving as the fiscal officer and all the duties involved,” he says.
Lute’s appointment goes until March 31st of next year. She says she intends to run for a full four-year term when the office is back up for election again this November.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV