Last November, western Clark County voters elected new council members, new school board members, a new mayor and one new township fiscal officer, which used to be called township clerk.
The first of the year brought swearing in ceremonies, and the new public servants have been hard at work for a couple of months — with one exception.
David Rudy didn’t take over his position as the new Mad River Twp. Fiscal Officer until April 1.
The reason for the delay has to do with one of those dreaded dates on the calendar, April 15, and the end of the fiscal year.
“This is done all over the state to allow old fiscal officers to wrap up last year’s books,” said Mad River Twp. Trustee Kathy Estep. “Makes transition a lot easier.”
April is already a busy month for Rudy, who is a self employed tax and accounting professional in Enon. Since Rudy took over his late father’s accounting business a few years ago, the weeks leading up to April 15 have been full of activity. This year, it’s even more so as he begins his tenure as township fiscal officer.
Since being elected in November, Rudy has been attending township meetings and getting acquainted with his job. Luckily, he already knew Mad River Twp. Trustee Bob McClure as his high school principal. Trustee Kathy Estep was his government teacher.
A lifelong Mad River Twp. resident, Rudy graduated from Greenon High School as valedictorian in 1989 and from Wright State University in 1993. His Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance led him to his first accounting job at Rex Stores Corp., where he worked for more than 16 years. When the company reorganized, he, as the most recently hired, had to be the first to leave. The family accounting business was a logical next step.
Rudy is married to the former Jennifer Davidson, who also graduated from Greenon. They have two sons; Cayden and Bryant. In the community, David Rudy is known as the treasurer for more than one soccer association. He also coaches one of his son’s soccer teams.
As soon as his customers’ taxes are done at his business, Rudy plans on taking advantage of the flexibility of his new position. He intends to take classes or training from the State Auditor’s office and the Township Association, and specific public records training.
Over the next four years, Rudy looks forward to finding ways to reduce costs, and make sure that funds are spent wisely.
“Mad River Township has been a good place to grow up,” said Rudy.
He hopes to help it stay that way.