By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
Scott Clark likes a good challenge — and a challenge is what he will face May 6 when he takes over as Floyd County auditor.
It took two ballots, but Clark won the majority vote of the 24 Floyd County Republican precinct committee members present Wednesday night at a caucus held at the Greenville Township Volunteer Fire Department headquarters. There were four candidates being considered for the post.
“I want to fix the issues,” Clark said. “I will get it back on course as quickly as I can. It may be a month, may be three months. I won’t know until I get in there.”
Clark, a certified public accountant, will replace Darin Coddington, who announced his resignation March 1, effective May 3.
The auditor’s office has come under fire after it was revealed last month Floyd County had a $2.4 million deficit after revenue did not match the projected budgets submitted to the state. Floyd County Council members said wrong figures from the auditor’s office is what led to the problem late last year when figuring up the 2013 budget. However, Coddington said he was resigning for “personal reasons.”
Clark said he plans to meet with Coddington and the staff in the next couple of weeks to begin the transition and wants to hit the ground running when he takes office May 6. He will go through mandatory state training for four days beginning May 7.
“He has strong financial experience and is established as a manager of people,” said Floyd County Republican Chairman Dave Matthews. “I think he will be a great auditor. He is what we are looking for.”
Matthews said candidates were interviewed by precinct committee members both Tuesday and Wednesday. He said all four candidates were strong.
Clark, 53, is a graduate of New Albany High School and Indiana University, and has been a CPA since 1987. He has been controller and chief financial officer at various companies, but has been in private practice and done consulting work since 2009. He said he will continue his private practice, which he considers a second job.
Clark said this is the first time he has stepped into the political arena, although he was Jim Hancock’s campaign chair when Hancock ran for judge. The current auditor’s term runs through Dec. 31, 2014, and Clark said he plans to run for the position and will be on the ballot for the 2014 Republican primary in May.
“It’s really something how so many people approached me about this position,” he said. “These are a good group of people.”