SAGAMORE HILLS — The campaign for township fiscal officer on the Nov. 5 general election ballot is now uncontested after incumbent Scott Gale decided not to run for a fourth term.
In a one-sentence letter dated Sept. 4, Gale informed the Summit County Board of Elections of his decision to withdraw his name as a candidate.
"The board accepted the withdrawal at the board meeting [Sept. 10]," said Board Deputy Director Paula Sauter.
Gales’ withdrawal leaves township receptionist and Dunham Road resident Laura Steimle the lone candidate for the position. The deadline for candidates filing to appear on the November ballot was Aug. 7 and a list of individuals who met the Aug. 26 filing deadline for write-in candidates does not include anyone for the township fiscal officer post.
According to Steimle’s LinkedIn page, she has served in the receptionist position since 2013 and, for nearly 15 years before that, was office manager at R.M. Kole and Associates, a Parma surveying firm.
"We wish her good luck on becoming the new fiscal officer," said Police Chief David Hayes, who also serves as the township’s administrator, during a state-of-the-community presentation at the Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Thursday.
Gale told the News Leader Wednesday that his decision to withdraw was due to the time it takes to do the job.
"It’s a part-time job and unfortunately it’s taken a lot of full-time hours," said Gale, who is also deputy clerk of courts at Akron Municipal Court.
"I’m looking forward to taking a long extended vacation," Gale added.
The next four-year term for fiscal officer begins April 1, 2020.
Gale has served as fiscal officer since 2008. According to the township’s website, he is a 1987 Nordonia High School graduate and holds a doctorate degree in public administration and urban studies from the University of Akron. Besides his current positions, his nearly 30 years in the public sector includes working for the Ohio Senate, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Auditor of State’s office, and the University of Akron graduate school.
Gale said he is proud of his time as fiscal officer.
"I’m very happy with the township and the grants we have received over the years, working to get the bridge replaced in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Sagamore Hills, a lot of the road projects and, of course, I wish everybody well," said Gale.
Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JeffSaunders_RP.