Robert M. Plank is officially on board as the city's treasurer.
Plank was chosen on Dec. 5 by eight Wadsworth representatives on the Medina County Republican Central Committee to fill the vacancy in the post left by the resignation of David Hammerly.
Hammerly resigned the position Oct. 31, and Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh appointed Plank to the position until the Republican Central Committee members made it official.
Plank, a certified public accountant with his business in Wadsworth, has had a number of accounting and administrative positions with private businesses but said this is his "first encounter into the public sector."
There are many differences between the private and public sectors, Plank admitted, and noted, "it will take some time to work to get up to speed and attempt to fulfill his [Hammerly's] experience level."
One main difference, Plank explained, is the "variety of accounts" which must be dealt with.
Hammerly worked alongside Plank for some of the interim period, and Plank explained Hammerly will be available to answer questions.
Plank is a 1962 graduate of Kent State University with a degree in business administration with an accounting major. He has had his own accounting business in Wadsworth since 1985.
The duties of the treasurer, according to the city's website, include collecting monies, recording revenue, making deposits to the proper bank accounts and the keeping of accurate records of receipts and disbursements.
In addition, the treasurer receives all taxes and assessments, reconciles banking and checking accounts and invests the city's excess funds.
Plank said he expects to stand for election to the office next year because his term will end Dec. 31, 2013.