Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Finance director Kristen Bitonte is Liberty Township’s new administrator.
Liberty Township Finance Director Kristen Bitonte was named township administrator. File photo.
She was unanimously selected by trustees Tuesday – just two weeks after Dina Minneci announced she was leaving to become Indian Hill’s city manager.
Bitonte will earn $90,500 annually in her new role, compared to Minneci’s $117,459.
Trustee President Christine Matacic said trustees only looked at internal candidates to replace Minneci.
“It was a very difficult decision. We’re very blessed to have such talent,” Matacic said. “Dina put together a great team – she has taught them and worked with them and groomed them. We are confident that Kristen will pick up where Dina left off and continue to move Liberty Township forward. We’re not going to skip a beat.”
Bitonte has worked for the township seven years, the last four as its finance director. She had been earning $63,912 annually as finance director.
“Kristen’s strong financial background was an important part of our decision and we are excited about the future of Liberty Township under her leadership,’’ said Trustee vice president David Kern.
“We believe Kristen brings a lot of energy and expertise to the position…she has been an integral part of the township and involved in all projects from her seat as finance director.”
Bitonte holds a bachelor’s degree in business communications from Otterbein College. Before coming to Liberty Township, she worked for JP Morgan Chase.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve this great community as township administrator and excited about the challenges ahead for me personally as I take on this new role,” Bitonte said in a statement.
“We have a fantastic team in place and I look forward to continuing to lead Team Liberty and this community in a positive direction.”
Bitonte’s appointment takes effect immediately. Trustees will decide early next year whether to replace Bitonte in the finance department.
She lives in Liberty Township with her husband, Jim, and sons Nathan and Jacob.
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