FAIRLAWN: Councilwoman Kathleen Baum has taken back her Ward 6 seat at least until the end of the year.

Baum resigned July 31 to make sure she got her full retirement benefits.

By giving up her seat before Aug. 1, Baum said, her retirement would take effect before changes in the state pension kick in. She estimates she would have lost $160 a month with her PERS (Ohio Public Employees Retirement System) if she waited to retire.

Baum, 66, taught in the Akron schools for 30 years then worked as an administrative secretary to Fairlawn police Chief Kenneth Walsh for another 10 years.

Council met in a special session Thursday night and unanimously voted to name Baum to the interim post by a 6-0 vote.

Council had 30 days to name her replacement.

According to Fairlawn’s charter, she had to terminate her position then go through the process of being re-elected. She was the only candidate to apply for the interim position.

Baum, who was elected in 2011 to serve a four-year term, will now have to run again in November to fill out the remaining two years of the term.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or mmiller@thebeaconjournal.com.