County fiscal director set for retirement

Wanted: experienced person to handle a $17 million budget, keep a close eye on daily levels of cash on hand, work with department heads to develop insightful, but sometimes tough, ways to keep spending down, and answer directly to a board of three elected officials.

The Warren County commissioners are looking over applications for a new fiscal director.

After about 10 years working with the county, Toby Rohlin is leaving in April. He said he is simply ready to retire.

“Obviously we’re sorry to see him go,” Commissioner John Eggleston said. “He’s done a terrific job.”

He said Rohlin has been a “tremendous asset” to the county.

“He brought a really sharp eye to the process as far as helping us find inefficiencies,” Eggleston said. “Toby had run several of his own businesses (prior to working for the county)… it gives you a very critical eye of why are we spending this money and what are we getting for it. Not to mention he’s just very good with numbers.”

“I’m going to miss him, I’ll tell you that,” Eggleston said.

The county advertised for applicants and received about a dozen, according to Eggleston.

At the same time, the commissioners posted another job in the fiscal office.

Fiscal Administrative Assistant Carol Nicholson, who has been in the office for more than 20 years, is also retiring.

“They’re both really dedicated, hard-working,” Eggleston said. “We’re going to work really hard to replace them with the same quality of folks.”

“They have never been afraid to bring to us things that they question,” he said. “We need somebody who is going to be willing to bring stuff to us and say, ‘I think you can do this in a better way.’ We, of course, encourage our employees to do that.”

Nicholson and Rohlin represent two-thirds of the office, with Purchasing Agent Marga Morrison the only employee staying on.

Instead of bringing new people on board after Rohlin and Nicholson leave, the commissioners hope to help them get up to speed by having those hires in place two to four weeks in advance, Eggleston said.

The commissioners have looked over more than 30 applications for the two positions and plan to schedule interviews soon. Eggleston said he saw what he was looking for in several of the applications, and it is possible that a second round of interviews could be necessary.