The Democratic committee members will make a decision in mid-September.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Add the names of the Mahoning County interim auditor and the Campbell finance director to the list of those interested in replacing George Tablack.
Tablack resigned, effective July 31, as county auditor after 18 1/2 years on the job to become the chief financial officer for the clerk's office of Palm Beach County, Fla.
State law requires the county's Democratic precinct committee members to select Tablack's replacement because the former auditor was a registered Democrat. The person selected would fill the remainder of Tablack's term, which expires March 8, 2007. The job pays $79,745 annually.
County Democratic Chairwoman Lisa Antonini said she plans to call a meeting of precinct committee members for Sept. 12 or 13 to select Tablack's replacement. Those interested in seeking the post must submit a letter of interest and their resume to Antonini no later than a week before the meeting.
Anne Marie Vross of Canfield, the county's interim auditor, and John Leskovyansky Jr., Campbell finance director, told Antonini they are interested in the appointment.
Vross was named interim auditor last week by county commissioners. She has 28 years of experience working with the county, the last 26 in the auditor's office as the director of taxation.
Leskovyansky spent about 15 years working in the state auditor's office before being named Campbell's finance director in late 2003. The city has been in state fiscal emergency since June 10, 2004, but was on its way to getting to that point well before Leskovyansky was hired, said Campbell Mayor John Dill.
Others expressed interest in the auditor's position to Antonini before Tablack resigned.
They include David Bozanich, Youngstown finance director; Michael Klim of Campbell, a former New Middletown mayor who runs MJK Financial Services in Poland; and Michael Fortine of Canfield, a certified public accountant who was a 2004 independent candidate for less than a week for county commissioner.
Also, former county Commissioners David Engler of Canfield and Ed Reese of Boardman told The Vindicator they are interested in the appointment. Reese doesn't want to run for the job when the unexpired term ends.
Antonini said Tablack's replacement must be qualified and electable.