Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE has served as your Summit County Fiscal Officer since May 2011. She manages the auditor, recorder and treasurer divisions of the fiscal office.
Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE is responsible for the collecting of real estate taxes on all properties in Summit County. The Treasurer’s Division mails real estate tax bills semi-annually. There are 78 tax districts with approximately 270,000 tax bills mailed each collection. The county treasurer is responsible for investing and safeguarding over $1 billion a year.
Kristen is chairperson of the Summit County Investment Advisory Board and the Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation. She is also a member of the Board of Control, Board of Revision and the 2013 Statewide Legislative Committee for the County Auditor’s Association of Ohio (CAAO). Under her leadership, the Fiscal Office has been the recipient of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and the Ohio Auditor of State (AOS) Award with Distinction.
Prior to being elected Fiscal Officer, Kristen served as Chief Deputy Fiscal Officer for 11 years. Utilizing her skills as a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner, she has been a part of the fiscal accountability and integrity that have been the hallmarks of the Fiscal Office.
Kristen has created internal controls and written policies to ensure the $1 billion annually processed by the Fiscal Office are accurately accounted for to the penny. She is the liaison for our successful internal and external audits each year. She monitors electronic transfers, clearing house transactions, wire transfers and approves all banking investments, tax collections, master financial reports, tax settlements and bank reconciliations.
Kristen also oversees the Auditor Division of the Fiscal Office where her staff manages property appraisal, Homestead Exemption, real estate assessments, Estate Taxes, and mobile home taxes. The Weights and Measures Department received the prestigious Frank P. Gallo Award for excellence in Weights and Measures from the Ohio Weights and Measures Association.
The Summit County Fiscal Officer's Recording Division is responsible for the safekeeping of vital records pertaining to ownership in real estate. The Tax Maps Department maintains current and accurate maps of land parcels by size, ownership and location. Surveyors, title companies and the public use these maps as a reference resource.
In addition to serving as Chief Deputy Fiscal Officer, Kristen was employed in the private sector for 10 years as a Certified Public Accountant.
Kristen graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She holds an Ohio Financial Accountability Certificate; she is a Certified Public Accountant (conferred in 1992), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (conferred in 2008). She also earned her Chartered Global Accountant Management (CGMA) designation from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) in 2012.
Kristen carries memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants; National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts; County Treasurers Association of Ohio, County Auditors’ Association of Ohio, Ohio Recorders’ Association and Government Finance Officers Association.