Scott Smith, supervisor of accounting and budget for Sylvania Township, has determined that he will retire at the end of May.

Mr. Smith, a certified public accountant, came to the township in December 2004 after the retirement of Jim Beck. John Zeitler, township administrator, said the township was fortunate to find Mr. Smith available at the time.

In the past Mr. Smith was the chief accountant and chief deputy auditor in the Lucas County Auditor’s office. He also had been the finance director for the City of Sylvania.

Having retired from his job with Sylvania, Mr. Smith wasn’t looking for full-time work, but the part-time position the township had in mind made for a good match, he said

Governmental accounting has its particular requirements and Mr. Smith “came here will all of that knowledge,” said Mr. Zeitler, himself a former head of management and budget for Lucas County.

The impetus for leaving his position, Mr. Smith said, is simply to enjoy retirement.

“Last winter my sister and her husband went to warm places and had great time. She said I should come along and I was thinking I’d retire from the township as this winter approached. I like to ride my bike and I like to golf, so when it began to warm up this year I started to think, why wait.”

He said the job itself is enjoyable and that he likes the people he works with, it’s just that it’s a job and he wants to be retired.

Mr. Smith, who also has bachelor and masters of business administration degrees, said he told Mr. Zeitler he would be available if necessary after his retirement date to come in and help his successor, but the whir of the wheels and the swoosh of the driver are beckoning.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

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