7/10/2018 3:47:00 PM Strickland takes fiscal reins in Oak Hill
Newly-appointed Oak Hill Village Fiscal Officer Melissa (Missy) Strickland is now on the job. She previously served as the village’s part-time Assistant Fiscal Officer. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
Jim Slone, (pictured) who has served as the appointed Fiscal Officer for the Village of Oak Hill for almost six years, recently resigned from that position.
Melissa (Missy) Strickland, who had been working as the part-time Assistant Fiscal Officer for the Village of Oak Hill, was recently hired to serve as the village's full-time Fiscal Officer.
Strickland, who has also served as the elected Fiscal Officer for Madison Township for the past 15 years, has served as the appointed Assistant Fiscal Officer in the village for the past four years. In that position, she had been serving under Village Fiscal Officer Jim Slone, who resigned the position, effective June 1.
According to Oak Hill Mayor Rob Leonard, Slone resigned after holding the appointed Fiscal Officer position for almost six years, dating back to November 2012.
In his resignation letter, Slone stated he was resigning "to spend more time with his family and because he has other career obligations."
Slone is an educator, transportation supervisor and assistant basketball coach for the Oak Hill School District, and also owns a T-shirt business. He is also the elected Jefferson Township Fiscal Officer. He has been credited with helping pull the village through some tough fiscal times and has been a key advisor on financial matters.
Strickland is an Oak Hill native and a graduate of Oak Hill High School. She has vast Uniform Accounting Network (UAN) program experience and familiarity with the village's financial structure.
After Oak Hill Village Council voted to hire her as Fiscal Officer, Mayor Rob Leonard stated he asked her if she wanted to be a full- or part-time employee. Strickland responded she wanted a full-time position. Leonard explained the village hired Strickland as an assistant because Slone is a full-time educator and had business interests so he took a pay cut to allow the village to hire Strickland.
Strickland explained she does not have another job or business interest so she will have ample time to dedicate to the job. The council offered to pay Strickland $32,000 per year and she is now on the job full-time. Leonard stated he is glad to have Strickland on board and notes the village finances are in good hands.