(1-6-22) The elected members of the Mercer County Republican Central Committee who represent the precincts within the city of Celina met on Wednesday evening at the Celina Municipal Building to appoint Brooke Shinn to replace retired City Auditor Betty Strawn. Strawn announced her intention to retire in late summer of 2021, with an effective date of December 31st, 2021. The appointing members present were: Toni Slusser, Eric Baltzell, Jeff Hazel, and Amy Ikerd.

The Republican Party posted a public notice for the vacancy that included statutory duties and the Ohio Revised Code Section that defines their authority to appoint a new Auditor and the procedure for such an appointment. The screening committee met in November to review résumés and conduct interviews. The Ohio Revised Code states that the appointing body shall meet not sooner than five days following a vacancy and not later than 45 days to appoint a replacement.

The primary duties of the Auditor include keeping an accurate account of all tax collections and assessments, and of all money due to, all receipts and disbursements by, and of all assets and liabilities of the City of Celina, and of all appropriations made by Celina City Council. The salary is set by the legislative authority and is currently $62,400 per year. Shinn will serve the remainder of the unexpired term, with the election for the following term in 2023.

Brooke Shinn is a resident of Celina and a graduate of Celina High School. Brooke studied at the University of Cincinnati. She says that while she enjoyed college, she feels her work experience has been the most valuable in helping her decide where she would like her career to go. She has been employed at Reynolds and Reynolds, Celina, as a Marketing Services Product Support Specialist since 2015.

Brooke has shared that she is excited for this opportunity to serve her community, stating,

“It is an honor to be appointed as Celina City Auditor. I grew up in Celina, and I am proud to call it home. I am looking forward to serving my community and the people of Celina in this role.”

She is the daughter of Dennis (Ben) and Carolyn Shinn of Celina.

According to Mercer County Republican Party Chairman, Greg Homan-

“The residents of Celina were served well by Betty Strawn. We are very confident that Brooke will carry forward that tradition of service and leadership.”