SPRINGCREEK TOWNSHIP — For Springcreek Township residents, the upcoming Nov. 3 election will feature a contested race for fiscal officer with two new candidates, Mindy Grube and Robert “Bob” Black, vying for the position.
Grube currently works as an Inventory Coordinator II at ConAgra Foods and has done so for almost 17 years.
“My experience working with numbers, reports and computer programs every day make me uniquely qualified for this position,” Grube said in an email. “I am a very hard worker and plan to use my computer knowledge in support of tasks at the township.”
Grube is hoping to use her talents to give back and get involved in her community. Her goals are “to work as hard as I possibly can to help our community [and] township thrive.”
“I want to get involved and give back to my community, and I feel this would be a great way to use my talents,” Grube said.
When asked what she saw as needing to be addressed, Grube replied, “Our budgets for local government are shrinking while the service costs are increasing and we have to be very mindful of how we spend our money.”
Grube went on, saying, “We need to advance our technology capabilities as well as broaden our perspective for future budget plans.”
Grube graduated from Miami East High School in 1998. She is married to her husband David.
“Together we have two beautiful children,” Grube said. “Madison, who is seven and in second grade, and Lane, who is four and in preschool.”
Black, also running for Springcreek Township’s fiscal officer position, is a retired insurance executive.
“One of the things that I had to deal with constantly … was developing [and] managing of large budgets,” Black said, including accounts with million dollar budgets.
Black is seeking to stay involved in the community and has had his eye on the fiscal officer position for a while.
“I thought it would be a good time to put my name out there,” Black said.
If elected, Black stated, “I want to really raise the level of expertise of accounting function and recording function of the office. I think that’s an area that really needs time spent on.”
Black added that he is ready to dedicate the time needed for the position.
“You’re handling a lot of money,” Black said. “I’ve got that kind of background that makes me qualified for this position.”
Black has been married to his wife Christa for 46 years and has been a resident of Springcreek Township for 36 years. Black has two adult daughters, including Jenny, married to David Trissell, and Jodie, married to Jon McGraw. Black’s five grandchildren include Kamy, Kylie, Bella, Reed, and Olivia.
Black’s education includes:
• Piqua Central High School graduate
• Attended Edison Community College and Wright State University
• Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
• Fellow, Academy for Healthcare Management (FAHM), Academy for Healthcare Management, Washington D.C.
Black’s community involvement includes:
• Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Piqua (1998), Board of Directors (1997-2003), Chairman (2002), Chamber Achievement Award (2003)
• Piqua Area United Way: Over five years working on annual fundraising campaign
• Piqua Arts Council: Board of Directors (2004-2008), President (2007)
• Upper Valley Community Church: Served on various building and expansion committees
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