HUBER HEIGHTS — The Ward 5 vacancy on the Huber Heights City Council has been filled.
Nancy Byrge has been appointed by Mayor Tom McMasters to fill the vacancy created in January. The appointment ends a contentious and controversial process that began with the resignation of Tracy Dudley. Byrge was sworn in by McMasters on Sunday, March 13 and will publicly take the oath on Monday, March 14 during the Huber Heights City Council meeting.
In a press release, McMasters cited Byrge’s “extensive resume” and community involvement.
“I am honored that Ms. Byrge decided to join us on Council and I believe the residents of Ward 5 and the rest of the community will find in her an excellent representative and a dedicated public servant,” said McMasters.
Byrge currently serves on the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
In her cover letter applying for the position, Byrge said her “experience as a leader, problem solver, and community advocate validate my qualifications to serve on the Huber Heights City Council.”
She graduated from Park College with a B.S. (Cum Laude) in Management in 1992 and a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University.
She has been a volunteer AARP Tax Aide for nine years, a volunteer and tutor in the Huber Heights City Schools, and also volunteers at the FISH Food Pantry and Blue Star Mothers of America.
Byrge’s resume cites thirty years of program, integration, production, and test management experience for the military. She has training in contracting, defense systems management, security and technology control, and other federal training programs.
She was part of a unit that earned the Secretary of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award which was earned by the 555th Interantional Group in 2007. In 2004, her team earned the Air Force Organizational Excellence Team Award, and in 2004 she was nominated for the Robert Mulcahy Program Management Award.
“I would like the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to help the city to grow in the best interest of our citizens,” she wrote to McMasters.
Byrge’s appointment comes after the city council was unable to reach the 5-vote threshold to appoint Dudley’s replacement. As a result, McMasters was required to appoint a successor per the Huber Heights City Charter.
The appointment process became difficult after Council Member Ed Lyons accused the council of being sexist and racist for not appointing Eva Newby to fill the seat. Newby was one of three original candidates for the position that also included Michael Urig and Jerry Wamsley.
The public is invited to meet Council Member Byrge at a reception at the Huber Heights City Hall on Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.
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