Lakemore Council appoints new member
|Lakemore Village Mayor Rick Justice, right, administers the oath of office to Chad Lance, who was appointed to an open seat on Council Nov. 26.|
|Photo: Emily Chesnic|
Out of 11 applicants, Council unanimously agreed Chad Lance — a village resident for seven years — was the best fit for the role.
The new Councilman replaces former Councilwoman Lori Strittmatter, who was expelled by Council last month due to repeated absences from regular meetings.
Lance will fill the seat on Council for the remainder of the term, which expires Dec. 31, 2015, according to Lakemore Village Mayor Rick Justice.
According to Lance, he is a 2005 graduate of The University of Akron and a living cost accountant with Ferriot Inc., of Akron. He resides in the village with his wife and three children.
According to Lance, he wanted to run for an open seat on Council in the 2011 election but missed the deadline to get on the ballot as a write-in candidate.
As soon as he learned of the most recent opening on Council, however, he immediately put in his application. Lance said he wants to help the village continue to “move in the right direction.”
“Lakemore has been through some tough times but is on the upswing,” he said.
Lance, who grew up in Salem, heard stories of how “great” the village once was and believes it will be known as a “beautiful community” again.
The new member of Council said he is excited to “learn the ropes” and get involved in the community.
Councilwoman Tammie Coontz explained Council met several times with the interested applicants before choosing Lance.
“It was a long selection process,” she said.
According to Coontz, the decision was difficult because all of the applicants were qualified to fill the open seat.
She said Council now is encouraging all of the applicants to get involved in the community and help out when there is a need.
If Council has another opening in the future, Coontz said Council would select from the other applicants before seeking new applications.
Before the close of the special meeting, Justice administered the oath of office to Lance.
Council will hold its next regular meeting Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.
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