City still searching for Ward 5 Councilmember


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



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HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber Heights Mayor Tom McMasters is still seeking applicants for the City Council Ward 5.

In an interview on Tuesday afternoon, McMasters said that he will accept any application for review up until the time he apponts a replacement for Tracy Dudley who resigned in January.

“The search for Ward 5 is still a work in progress,” said McMasters. “I wanted the council to come up with five votes to make an appointment, and would still like them to come together to make an appointment to show that we can work together.”

The continuing search comes on the heels of a contentious City Council meeting on Feb. 22 in which the council failed to gain enough votes to appoint any of the three candidates – Eva Newby, Michael Urig, and Jerry Wamsley – to the vacancy created by the resignation of Tracy Dudley.

By not being able to reach concencus, the Huber Heights City Charter gives McMasters the authority to appoint a new member.

During the February Council meeting, Member Ed Lyons accused the Council of being sexist and racist for not appointing Newby to fill the seat. McMasters called on Lyons to resign. McMasters said that appointing one of the three applicants in the current climate wouldn’t be good for the city or the appointee.

“It would taint my reputation and the reputation of the person appointed and make both of us less effective,” said McMasters.

Those interested in applying for the vacancy are asked to brief cover letter and a resume to the Clerk of Council or directly to Mayor McMasters using the contact information below:

Clerk of Council Anthony Rodgers

City of Huber Heights

6131 Taylorsville Road

Huber Heights, Ohio 45424

Email: arodgers@hhoh.org

or

Mayor Tom McMasters

City of Huber Heights

6131 Taylorsville Road

Huber Heights, Ohio 45424

Email: tmcmasters@hhoh.org

Potential applicants may utilize the Ward Locator at the City’s website at www.hhoh.org to determine if he/she is a resident of Ward 5 utilizing an address search. The Ward Locator can also be accessed through the following link:

http://www.hhoh.org/component/parcels/

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By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.