Andy Harris
Ohio.com correspondent


KENT: Kent City Council appointed attorney Scott Flynn to fill the vacant seat of councilman-at-large Robin Turner at its meeting Wednesday.



Flynn of Flynn, Keith & Flynn was selected fill the seat of Turner, who resigned Nov. 1.



"I think I know a lot of the issues that are affecting the majority of the citizens," Flynn told the council prior to voting when each candidate was allowed to speak and answer questions from council members.



At the end of the meeting, Flynn addressed his new colleagues and told them, "I just want to thank everyone for supporting me, it's an honor and I won't let you down."



In the initial balloting, none of the 11 candidates received the necessary five votes, so Mayor Jerry Fiala pared the list down to four candidates and council voted again. That left Flynn and Shawn Buchanan as the finalists for the open position, and after a second vote, Flynn was selected.



Prior to balloting, Turner was recognized with an official proclamation from the mayor, which declared Nov. 28 to be Robin Turner Day in Kent. Turner spoke to the chamber and his former colleagues and expressed appreciation for his time on the council.



"I want to thank my former council colleagues and our council staff. I am very appreciative of what you were able to do for me. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to serve in that position. On January 28, after the loss of a dear friend, Bill Schultz, I was given opportunity to begin service as a council person and this council gave me an opportunity to give something to our community," Turner said. "We, I think, lived in an era of transformation for this city."



At the end of the meeting, council member Garret Ferrara recognized the KSU football team prior to its appearance in the Mid-American Conference championship game in Detroit on Nov. 30.



All council members were given a KSU football rally towel that they displayed on their chair backs during the meeting.