(Posted Feb. 21, 2023)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Mount Sterling council must fill a vacancy following the resignation of council member Rob Longcoy.
Longcoy has moved outside of village limits and, therefore, can no longer serve on council. He submitted his resignation on Feb. 14. Council has 30 days to fill the empty seat.
Anyone interested in filling the vacancy must submit a letter of interest to Courtney Bricker, council clerk, by 4 p.m. Feb. 28. Interested parties must be village residents and registered voters. Letters can be sent to email@example.com or dropped off at village hall at 1 S. London St., Mount Sterling. For details, call Bricker at (740) 869-2040, ext. 5.
The remaining council members will review the letters, conduct interviews, and make a selection. If they do not appoint someone within the 30-day period, the task will go to Mayor Marci Darlington.
Longcoy was elected to Mount Sterling council in November 2021. At the time of his resignation, he had served 14.5 months of his four-year term. The person appointed to his seat will serve the remainder of the term which expires at the end of 2025.
“I enjoyed my time on council. I feel we worked very well together and accomplished many great things over the past year for the village. Every member is truly passionate about our community,” Longcoy said.
He points to his work with parks and recreation as his greatest accomplishment while on council. He said he has enjoyed watching Mason Park develop and looks forward to further improvements in the coming months.
“I really feel Mason Park could be the jewel of our community,” he said. “Our community’s youth are our future, and having a place like Mason Park is a huge deal to me.”
Longcoy moved outside of village limits to a home that fits the needs of his growing family, but he still lives close by.
“I will still be involved with the park, Summer Jam, and any other activities that bring our village together and give families and our youth something to do. Our community is often overlooked. These events shine a positive light on our village,” he said.
Longcoy thanked everyone who supported him in his time on council and said it was a pleasure to serve his community. If the right opportunity presents itself and his family moves back into the village, he said he “most definitely” would run again for a seat on council.
Other council news
On Feb. 21, council approved the hiring of Joseph Hunter as a full-time employee of the village street department.
Council member Becky Martin, a member of the new tree/beautification committee, announced the village will host a combination Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration on April 21.