By MAX FILBY
Findlay At-Large Councilwoman Anne Spence is resigning to take a job as the northwestern Ohio liaison to the state auditor’s office.
Spence told council members Tuesday night that she will turn in a resignation letter today to Council President Jim Slough and the Hancock County Republican Party.
Her term expires at the end of the year.
“I just want to thank the community and the citizens of Findlay,” Spence said. “It’s been a wonderful four years.”
“I think I speak for council and the administration in thanking you for your years of service,” said 5th Ward Councilman John Harrington.
Spence starts her new job Monday and will continue living in Findlay.
She will serve as the liaison between Auditor Dave Yost’s office and 15 Ohio counties.
“I’m very excited about working with state Auditor Yost,” Spence said. “I’m looking forward to meeting elected officials and stakeholders in other communities.”
At first, Spence will not work directly with the Findlay auditor’s office or Hancock County auditor’s office because of a conflict of interest that comes from previously serving in the community, she said.
Spence unsuccessfully ran against City Auditor Jim Staschiak in the Republican primary this year.
There are only two Findlay Council meetings remaining this year, but the Republican Central Committee will try to fill Spence’s council seat, Hancock County Republican Chairman Jim Baker said Tuesday night.
The Central Committee is not allowed to start the appointment process until five days after a seat has been vacated, and must appoint someone within 45 days of a resignation.
Jeff Wobser, who was elected to Spence’s council seat earlier this month, would be the committee’s choice to finish out her term, Baker said.
“That would be a great way for me to get started,” Wobser said.
Wobser said starting before the end of the year would be a “kick start” to his two-year term on council.
Spence, 37, served as a deputy clerk for Findlay Municipal Court for seven years before becoming the director of a nonprofit, Special Kids Therapy, that benefits children with physical and mental challenges.
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