Lakemore resident Jon Strittmatter will be sworn in Monday as the village’s new council member.

Strittmatter was selected by the Village Council for an open seat vacated by former Councilman Chad Lance, who resigned last month after announcing his resignation at a meeting.

The village had solicited applicants for the position on its website from May 24 to June 7.

Council President Rich Cole said Thursday night that Strittmatter, a former fire captain in the village, has strong roots in Lakemore, with generations of family living in the 3,000-resident community.

“He brings a lot to the table,” Cole said. “His heart is in a great place.”

Strittmatter is active in the community and a frequent volunteer in the village — especially for his former employer, Cole said.

“When there’s a Fire Department pancake breakfast,” Cole said, “he’s the best pancake flipper in town.”

Cole said the village’s new councilman will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Monday at Lakemore Municipal Building at 1400 Main St.

“Jon has a great history with Lakemore and a lot of connections locally and we very much look forward to hearing what he has to say about future village governance,” Cole said.

The council deliberated about two hours over seven candidates, Cole said. Although it was difficult to narrow down the candidates, Cole said he feels optimistic about what’s coming down the road for the village.

“We had quality candidates, which gives me a lot of hope for the future,” Cole said.

The council president said Strittmatter was enthusiastic about the council's decision and ready to begin participating.

"He was excited and eager to get started," Cole said.

 

Reach Alan Ashworth at 330-996-3859 or aashworth@thebeaconjournal.com.