Citizens for a Better Norwood 3

Monday, August 27, 2007

Auditor Jones’ letter appointing Robert Laake Dep. Auditor

August 20, 2007

Dear Jane and Members of Council:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert “Bob” Laake as the new Deputy Auditor for the City of Norwood. His first day will be Monday, August 27th. As many of you know this has been a very trying time for our office over the past years, and the appointment of Bob Laake is the first step in moving our department and this City forward.

I, the Administration, and City Council have all identified the need to fully utilize the City’s enterprise wide computer system as the first and most vital step towards being able to better manage the City operations. The new Deputy Auditor has been charged with working together with all departments across all lines of authority to make this a reality. Bob Laake brings a wealth of knowledge and private sector experience to the job, but most importantly he brings honesty, unquestioned integrity, an old fashioned work ethic, and the sincere desire to do the right thing for all the citizens of Norwood.

Bob Laake is a lifelong resident of Norwood (except for two years in the Army, followed by 1 ½ year period saving to buy a house in Norwood). He attended St. Elizabeth School and graduated from Norwood High School in 1968.

He is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army where he served his country from November, 1971 thru November 1973.

He worked his way through college and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Processing Systems and an Associate Degree in Business.

Bob has worked hard from the ground up to earn his success. He began his career at The First National Bank of Cincinnati where he worked for seven years as Computer Programmer and Systems Analyst.

He then went to work at Provident Bank/National City Corporation where he spent the next 25 years as Computer Programmer and Systems Analyst. He held several management and project leadership roles on system conversion and new development teams for various financial application systems, including development of online data entry systems for Accounting applications such as General Ledger, Fixed Asset and Accounts Payable. The last 15 years spend developing online systems, including mainframe support of client server based systems. He developed and wrote Provident Bank’s Teller System, Consolidated Statement System, including all support data bases. He wrote all data support systems for Provident Bank’s Telebank, VRU, and branch support systems. Also was in charge of Provident Bank’s CIF (customer information files, customer to account information databases) for over 20 years. He has worked with Windows and non-Windows based PC systems, both text-based and graphical (GUI) for several years.

He retired in 2005 after a long, loyal, and successful career.

Most recently he has worked for the Hamilton County Board of Elections. His primary job has been the election preparation and support of the new computer-based voting equipment, including trouble shotting.

Please join me in welcoming Bob Laake to the City of Norwood and he stands ready to help in any way possible.


Donnie R Jones, Auditor