December 20, 2014

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Bryon Macron fills empty position on Lafayette Twp. board

LAFAYETTE TWP. — The two remaining township trustees have chosen resident Bryon Macron to replace former trustee Don Butler.

“It’s exciting. It’s been a good day. I just wanted to be involved,” Macron said of his inspiration to apply for the position. “I’m going to be living in this community for a long time.”

After individually interview­ing all 14 candidates in a public meeting Wednesday, trustees Nanci Shanley and Lynda Bow­ers took an hour to choose Macron and invited him back for a second interview. After­ward, he was sworn in by Fiscal Officer Shirley Bailey.

“I’m very excited that Lynda and I were able to work together to choose a trustee,” Shanley said.

Macron, 39, is a five-year res­ident of the township. He lives with his wife, Victoria, and their three daughters, Alexan­dra, 13, Madline, 8, and Mia, 5. They live in the Bennington Pointe.

A former Marine, Macron was stationed in Norfolk, Va., where he worked on an anti­-terrorism security team. He currently works from his home as a consultant specializing in the retail sector.

Last year, Macron was co­chair of Friends of Medina City Schools, a fundraising and awareness organization sup­porting the Medina school dis­trict. He also was vice president of the Bennington Pointe Homeowners Association and is active in his church.

Macron’s term will run until the end of Butler’s original four-year term, which expires at the end of 2011. He must run for re-election to keep the posi­tion.

Though he has only been to a few trustee meetings in the past two years, Macron has read every meeting’s minutes to keep abreast of township news, Shanley said.

“His background is out­standing, though every appli­cant had an excellent back­ground,” Shanley said. “He’s got some good financial man­agement background.”

Macron did not name any specific issues facing the town­ship he would like to initially approach, but he said he looked forward to working with the other trustees.

“I want to work with them and get the job done, and work together as a team with the other two trustees,” he said.

Butler resigned Sept. 20. If they had not made a decision in the 30 days following Butler’s resignation, Probate Judge John J. Lohn would have been charged with appointing a trustee.

Butler and his wife recently relocated to Montville Town­ship, which prompted his res­ignation.

Macron will appear for the first time as trustee at the township’s next regular meet­ing on Monday at 7 p.m. at Lafayette Township Hall, 6776 Wedgewood Road.

The other candidates who applied for the position were: Jill Bell, Russ Green, Richard Javorek, Timothy King, Jocelyn Kogler, Joe Lucarelli, Michael Maloney Jr., Athena McAfee, David Moore, Chris O’Neil, Karen Schoonover, Matthew Strehle and Gary Werth,

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina­gazette.com.