Office of the CFO/Treasurer

Office of the CFO/Treasurer

Cheryl Swisher, CFO/Treasurer

Welcome to the Defiance City Schools Treasurer’s webpage. The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer and reports directly to the Board of Education.  The Business Office is located at 801 S. Clinton, Defiance Ohio. The CFO/Treasurers plays five primary roles in the District:

Fiscal leaders and advisors who provide sound financial guidance that assists the district leadership team in the decision-making process;
$    Participate as an integral member of the district leadership team.
$    Work with the district superintendent and board of education, with input from other stakeholders, to review, develop, align and implement policies and procedures.
$    Participate with the district superintendent and the board of education in the development and implementation of the district strategic plan.
$    Establish and manage sound fiscal practices to support the educational process.
$    Lead and manage personnel under their direct supervision.
$    Support the effective use of data.

Financial managers who clearly understand the economic resources and collaborate with district leadership in their management;
$    Collect, analyze and interpret financial data for budgeting, forecasting and decision-making.
$    Effectively manage district financial accounts including cash, budgetary, debt service, revenue and grant management.
$    Have knowledge, performance and accuracy of standard accounting practices, auditing procedures and accurate financial reporting.
$    Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with state and federal laws.

Managers of capital and financial assets who, through their fiscal leadership, are charged with the guardianship of these assets;
$    Acquire and maintain building and capital assets.
$    Secure financing for capital projects.
$    Develop and monitor risk management practices to protect capital assets.
$    Provide financial oversight and analysis of fiscal implications to the district support services

Communicators and collaborators who disseminate and articulate the financial status of the district.
$    Demonstrate competence in the communication of financial reports to all stakeholders.
$    Communicate effectively and openly while demonstrating a willingness to collaborate with internal stakeholders.
$    Communicate effectively and openly while demonstrating a willingness to collaborate with external stakeholders.  

Professionals who adhere to established ethical standards.
$    Understand, uphold and comply with professional ethics, including the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators (LCPCOE) and the Ohio Ethics Laws.
$    Model and expect fairness, honesty and consistency in the performance of duties.
$    Maintain compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations and district policies and procedures.
$    Maintain a strong commitment to professional development.
$    Collaborate with peers for the advancement of the profession.

In order to provide information to the community, this webpage currently includes links to the District’s current five-year forecast, and additional transparency reports to provide district residents, parents, and other community members with information regarding DC School’s financial position.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact Cheryl Swisher at 419-782-9452 ext 3010 or by email at [email protected]

Business Office



Cheryl Swisher

Office: 419.782.9452 x3010

Email[email protected]


Assistant Treasurer

Jan Schultz

Office: 419.782.9452 x3008

Email: [email protected]

Payroll Specialist 

Suzanne McGlaughlin

Office: 419.782.9452 x3011

Email: [email protected]

Fiscal Specialist 

Holli Parks

Office: 419.782.9452 x3009


Fraud Reporting

To report fraud, The Ohio Fraud Reporting System provides citizens and public employees with several ways to anonymously report allegations of fraud, abuse or misuse of taxpayer funds.   Individuals can anonymously report online at the Auditor of State’s website (Click here), call the SIU Fraud Hotline: 1-866-FRAUD OH (1-866-372-8364), or mail a written complaint to:       

                  Ohio Auditor of State’s Office
                  Special Investigations Unit
                  88 East Broad Street
                  P.O. Box 1140
                  Columbus, OH 43215

 Webpage updated January 14, 2022
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