I have been with the City of Ashtabula for seventeen
years as the City Auditor. A graduate of the University of Akron and Lake Erie
College, I was in public accounting until being appointed by city council to the
City Auditorís position. I earned my CPA license in May of 1992, becoming the
first CPA to work for the City of Ashtabula.
City of Ashtabula has been awarded 16 consecutive Comprehensive Annual
Financial Report Awards and the City of Ashtabula under the direction of
myself, the Deputy Auditor, and Treasurer was one of the first Cities in
not only the State of Ohio but the entire country in implementing GASB
33, 34 and 36 early. We are currently working on our fifth GASB 34
as of December 31, 2003, our City has experienced the same economic
slowdown as the rest of the country. Our City Income Tax is down by
approximately 450,000 dollars from the year 2000. We have tried hard to
stay the course and make decisions on spending today that will benefit
the City of Ashtabula for many years to come. A few examples of this
would be the purchase of the Keybank Building for our new City Hall, the
purchase of a piece of land on Wade Ave. for future annexation
possibilities, and our continued commitment of better equipment for all
City of Ashtabula is continually trying to find ways to save and invest
taxpayers dollars to get the most of every penny we spend.
Born and raised in Ashtabula, Michael now resides in the City of
Ashtabula with his
wife Jennifer, three daughters Millicent, Mikenzie, Carolee, and one son
hobbies include chasing deer, turkeys, and Nascar auto racing.