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Greff, McPeek seek to replace Harvey as Bexley city auditor

The Columbus Dispatch logo The Columbus Dispatch 10/15/2021 Chris Bournea
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The race for Bexley City Auditor on the Nov. 2 ballot will include two candidates: Joel A. Greff and Matt McPeek.

Incumbent auditor Bill Harvey is not seeking reelection.

To read the candidates’ responses to questions posed by ThisWeek and The Columbus Dispatch, go to ThisWeekNEWS.com/VoterGuide2021.

Here is a breakdown of the candidates:

Joel A. Greff

Greff, 55, president and director of Dyslexia Institutes of America LLC, said he is running for auditor because he plans to use his leadership experience to help the city continue to grow and prosper.

Joel Greff is a Bexley City Auditor candidate © File Joel Greff is a Bexley City Auditor candidate

“The checks and balances of city finances is critical to the city’s short- and long-term successes and helps ensure truth, trust and transparency in all aspects of our city operations,” Greff said. “As a businessperson with creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, I analyze everything. I look at details and nuances while evaluating both positive and negative impacts of the decisions I make.”

A Bexley High School graduate, Greff and his wife, Stacey, have four sons ages 9 to 25. 

He said he has “significant for-profit and nonprofit board experience, including nearly 20 years of service to Columbus Torah Academy as board vice president, vice president of finance and vice president of endowment.”

He said his expertise in starting, operating and managing small businesses means he has the experience of developing working relationships with every stakeholder, whether internal or external to the organization.

“Being auditor requires flexibility and understanding while working with the mayor, City Council, public safety, service departments and other community stakeholders to move Bexley forward,” Greff said.

Matt McPeek

McPeek, 50, who works in banking and finance, said he is running because he believes his professional experience will enable him to be a good steward of the city’s finances.

Matt McPeek is a Bexley City Auditor candidate. © File Matt McPeek is a Bexley City Auditor candidate.

“I will use my experience to provide accountability by leveraging my finance experience to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately,” McPeek said. “Transparency by developing an easy-to-follow financial dashboard and holding quarterly taxpayer roundtable discussions. Partnership by building relationships with key stakeholders and holding them accountable for actions. Communication by conveying complex financial matters clearly and concisely.”

He said volunteering is “part of my DNA because it was instilled in me by my parents.” He has served on the board of Lifecare Alliance as well as the advisory boards of the YMCA and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

McPeek said he and his family moved to Bexley 11 years ago “and fell in love.” He said being city auditor would be a natural step for him.

“Four years ago, I asked the mayor of Bexley, ‘How can I help?’ That led to my work on the Commonwealth Planning Committee and Bexley's Parks and Recreation Board,” he said.

“I am running for Bexley auditor because I know I can leverage my experience to serve as a watchdog of taxpayer dollars and build upon our successful foundation to move the City confidently into the future.”

Editor's note: These profile capsules were written using candidates' direct responses to ThisWeek's biographical information questionnaire that was due Sept. 30.  

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