Middletown promotes finance director, fills other leadership positions

Nathan Cahall appointed assistant city manager after serving as finance director for six months.

The City of Middletown has appointed three people to positions as it continues filling vacancies.

The appointments were recently approved by the Middletown City Council and took effect April 20, according to city documents.

Nathan Cahall, who served as finance director for six months, was named assistant city manager, filing the position created when Susan Cohen left Middletown in March to serve as administrator for Union Twp. in Clermont County.

Cahall will be paid $121,703.92 a year, while Cohen earned $114,080.

He will work under Fire Chief Paul Lolli, the acting city manager after former City Manager Jim Palenick signed a mutual separation agreement in March.

Two years ago, Cahall, who was serving as village administrator of Plain City, was one of the two finalists for the Franklin city manager position.

Eight semi-finalists were interviewed and Cahall and Franklin Fire Chief Jonathan Westerndorf were the two finalists. Westerndorf got the job.

Cahall also served as economic development director for the city of Centerville for 10 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and master’s from Ohio State University.

Cahall’s position as finance director was filled by Samantha Zimmerman, who previously worked as a purchasing agent. She will be paid $92,388 a year, while Cahall earned $113,755.20 in the same position, according to city documents.

Chelsea Spurlock was named a human resources specialist in the city manager department. She will be paid $48,264.32.

In Union Twp., Cohen’s contract will run March 28, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2024. Her annual salary will be $135,000. She replaced Ken Geis, who also did contract work for Fairfield Twp.

In 2019, soon after Middletown Council voted to invoke the City Charter to terminate the employment of City Manager Doug Adkins, Cohen was tapped as acting city manager.

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