JoBeth Yambrich said if elected as Fairfield Twp.’s fiscal officer on Tuesday, she’ll ensure taxpayer dollars are accounted for and protected.
The political rookie and 27-year township resident said she would use her 18 years experience as a bank manager and keeping the books for her family’s two businesses to exercise spending discipline “and all accounting procedures set forth by fiscal policy.”
“I will put the time, effort, and energies into effective and efficient fiscal practices by spending the time needed in this position to maintain the high-quality standards of our township funds and maintaining flawless records,” she said.
Yambrich is seeking the open fiscal officer seat in Tuesday’s election, facing incumbent Fiscal Officer Shelly Schultz, who was appointed to the position two years ago.
As a near three-decade township resident, Yambrich said she’s seen “tremendous growth and prosperity” in the community.
Yambrich said it would be “an honor and a privilege” to serve the township.
“I love being out in our township, talking and meeting the public,” she said. “I grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield schools. I grew up in a family dedicated to business and community service.”
Yambrich comes from a family of public servants, including her father, the late former Fairfield mayor Clarence “Bugs” Phalen.
“Give back to your community the best you can,” she said. “So, I thought it was a good time now to accomplish that, to work toward that goal to give back to Fairfield Twp.”
Yambrich said as the township grows, change and prospers, the bar for financial responsibility needs to be continually raised to the highest of standards for the community.
“The knowledge, effort, and time of the fiscal officer will aid the trustees in dealing with future challenges of the township,” she said. “Most importantly, the fiscal officer will be a good steward of the tax payer’s dollars.”
Yambrich’s bank management experience includes day-to-day operations and accounting practices within the bank branch. She also worked 14 years working for the city of Fairfield.
“My position (at Fairfield) allotted me a vast knowledge of government policy and procedures, forecasting and budgeting,” she said. “Most importantly, I have been a local business owner and operator for the past 29 years.”
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