Mansfield City Council member applies for school treasurer’s position …


MANSFIELD — City Council member Jason Lawrence is among seven applicants seeking to be the next Mansfield City Schools treasurer.

Lawrence, who has represented Mansfield’s 5th Ward since 2014, is the only city resident to apply for the position, which became vacant in February when the school board voted 4-1 not to renew the contract of Robert Kuehnle.

The board approved using an interim treasurer for the district while it searches for a permanent replacement, utilizing the services of the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center.

Richland Source obtained the names and resumes of the applicants from MOESC through a public records request.

The board met Tuesday and went into executive session for more than two hours, presumably to begin interviewing candidates for the position. The board took no action after the closed-door session.

It’s not known which candidates were interviewed or how many of the seven applicants will be interviewed.

Lawrence, who earned an an Ohio school treasurer’s license through Ashland University in 2015, has worked since October 2018 as a customer service specialist for Mechanics Bank.

A 1987 Malabar High School graduate, Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2010. He worked as a youth specialist/supervisor for the Richland County Juvenile Court from 2013 to 2018.

Lawrence has been the treasurer at the Godsfield House of Prayer since 2008 and has served on the Fusion Church financial council since 2012. He also serves on the 3rd Street Community Health Clinic Board.

Lawrence is a member of the Mansfield City Council finance committee and is chair of the public affairs and zoning committees.

Here are snapshot looks at the other six applicants (in alphabetical order):

Roger Cade II — Currently works as the assistant principal (grades 7-12) at Ralph Starkey High School, a part of the Circleville (Ohio) Juvenile Correctional Facility. Cade’s resume indicates he earned a school superintendent certification from Ohio University in Athens in 2011 and has worked as a teacher and administrator in various districts around Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia. He has master’s degrees in educational leadership with principal licensure (Wright State University) and secondary education (Ohio University).

Tracy Courtright –– Currently a budget analyst for Columbus City Schools, a position held since 2012. Courtright earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Ashland University and also a treasurer’s license endorsement. Courtright worked from 2009-2011 as the assistant finance director for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, also serving as an accountant and senior budget analyst.

David Logan — Currently works as manager of accounting and finance for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio in Grove City, a position he has held since 2015. Logan earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Shawnee State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University. He earned a school treasurer’s license in 2018. Logan worked as a finance manager for the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus from 2008 to 2011.

Troy Major — He has been a board member/board treasurer for the Wildwood Environmental Academy Schools in Maumee since October 2018 and has earned a school treasurer’s license. Major has worked as an investigator for the Holland (Ohio) Police Department since 2006, earning a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in project management from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ohio University.

Douglas Passet — Currently works in the Wyandot County Auditor’s Office in Upper Sandusky. He worked as a credit analyst for Commercial Savings Bank in Upper Sandusky for two years and has operated Passet Farms in Wharton, Ohio, since 2013. He worked for five years as the treasurer for Waynesfield-Goshen Local School District. Passet, who has a state treasurer’s license, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance from the University of Findlay and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from the same university.

James Wilson — Currently the vice president of finance at the Summit Academy Management in Akron, a position he has held for more than three years. Served as CFO/treasurer from 2015-2017 for ACCESS Information Technology Center in Canfield, Ohio. Served as the treasurer for the Salem (Ohio) City School District from 2012 to 2015 and the Liberty Local School District in Youngstown from 2010 to 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the same university. He has a state treasurer’s license.

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