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Norwalk hires previous finance director part-time

LynAnne Vucovich • Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 8:16 AM

Norwalk has hired a part-time financial assistant while the city searches for a new finance director.

Diane Eschen, the director before Michelle Reeder, has been hired part-time to assist the acting finance director, Sandi Weltlin. Reeder, who started working for the city in 2005, became finance director in 2017. She has accepted a similar position in Sandusky.

Mayor Dave Light presented an ordinance to set the compensation for a part-time financial assistant and declare an emergency during the city council meeting Tuesday.

The council accepted and adopted the ordinance. Eschen will be paid $37.90 hourly. She started Wednesday morning.

The city found it necessary to provide immediate, additional assistance for Weltlin pending the appointment of a new finance director.

Norwalk posted the job opening for the finance director internally, but received no applications.

The selection board determined to advertise for the job for 30 days. The city developed a list of websites, with no cost for advertising, to post the application on.

The board also decided to publish the job opening in the Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector.

Council reviewed the potential posting’s language, which all of which was approved.

Law director Stuart O’Hara said he would begin publishing the job application Wednesday.

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