Lisbon hires new tax administrator

LISBON – The village’s new tax man is a woman.

Nancy Francis, Crews Road, Wellsville, was named Tuesday by Village Council to replace Richard Martin, who is retiring at the end of May as village tax administrator.

Francis was chosen from a field of seven applicants, four of whom were interviewed by the council personnel committee, which recommended her for the position. Council’s vote Tuesday was 5-0, with Steve Defilippo absent.

“They were all good qualified people,” said Councilman Tom Darcy of the candidates.

As tax administrator, Francis will be in charge of collecting the village’s 1.5 percent income tax, which generates $1 million a year on average and is the chief source of general fund revenue.

Francis worked at East Liverpool City Hospital from 1982 to 2012 before her position was eliminated due to downsizing. Her last seven years at ELCH she was employed as an accountant. Since 2012 she worked for Williams Excavating in Bloomingdale, and more recently as a substitute teacher.

Francis earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Kent State and obtained a bachelor’s degree from American Intercontinental University. She also earned a master’s degree in operations managements from the same university.

The starting salary is just over $29,000. Francis begins work May 12.

The action occurred at a special council meeting called specifically to name a replacement as soon as possible because Martin said he needed more than a week to train a replacement.