Announced Feb. 3, the City of Noblesville has hired Jeffrey Spalding as its new city controller. Spalding will begin in the role Feb. 27.
“Jeff has a wealth of experience in finance and management,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear stated in a press release. “He knows numbers, but he also knows a great deal about policy and government. I believe he will be a great benefit to our city in his new role.”
Spalding comes to Noblesville from Elkhart, where he held the same position and oversaw a $70 million budget. He previously served under Mayor Greg Ballard as the Office of Finance and Management director for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.
For 13 years, Spalding served as the senior fiscal analyst for the Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus. He also has experience leading finance and policy analysis offices in the Tennessee General Assembly, Indiana Dept. of Transportation and Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Spalding said his background provides him with a broad perspective on municipal finance and an understanding of how and why state laws affect the finances of local communities.
“What makes me unique is my experience at both the local and state levels,” Spalding stated. “I feel I know municipal finance from the bottom up and the top down.”
Spalding graduated from Hanover College in 1982 with an economics degree. He earned his MBA in finance from Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. In his free time, Spalding enjoys cycling and playing tennis and golf. He has a 13-year-old daughter, Elly.
“I like a community that is authentic and its people have a sense of belonging and heritage,” Spalding said. “Noblesville has that, compared to other communities that are trying to manufacture it.”
Spalding replaces Mike Hendricks, who will leave the position Feb. 17 for a job in the private sector.
“I cannot thank Mike enough for his 23 years of service to the City of Noblesville and the numerous roles he has undertaken during his time here,” Ditslear stated. “Mike excelled in every role and built a strong foundation with the creation of the controller’s office last year as we transitioned to a second-class city.”