SAGAMORE HILLS — The township has a new fiscal officer five months early following the resignation of former Fiscal Officer Scott Gale.

Trustee Paul Schweikert said trustees unanimously approved a resolution appointing township receptionist Laura Steimle to finish out Gale’s unexpired term, which ends March 31, at a special meeting Monday morning. Schweikert said trustees also approved several routine annual reappointments to township boards and commissions.

Steimle was the only candidate for fiscal officer on the Nov. 5 general election ballot after Gale withdrew from the ballot. Her first full four-year term begins April 1.

In an Aug. 30 letter of resignation to the Trustees, Gale said he would remain until Nov. 30 to close out the township books for November and to "provide a smooth transition" for a new fiscal officer.

"My schedule makes it difficult for me to continue to serve as the Fiscal Officer," wrote Gale. "I appreciate the twelve years of serving as the Fiscal Officer of Sagamore Hills Township. We have accomplished much together and I wish the Township much success."

Steimle 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.

"She’s very enthusiastic," said Schweikert. "She has a background in a lot of this so I think she’ll do fine. You can’t put a price on enthusiasm so she’s rarin’ to go."

Gale informed the Summit County Board of Elections he was withdrawing from the ballot in a one-sentence letter dated Sept. 4.

Gale told the News Leader in September 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.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.