BRUNSWICK — City Council’s newest at-large member is Clearwater Drive resident Timothy Gailey.
Gailey was sworn in Tuesday night by Council Clerk Barb Ortiz after eight candidates were interviewed.
Nine had applied for the position, but one, Dennis Toth, dropped out earlier in the day.
A 22-year resident of Brunswick, Gailey said he thinks his financial experience will make him an asset to Council.
“I thought I could make a difference,” Gailey said. “Pat McNamara has big shoes to fill. I’m not going to try to fill them, just do the best I can to help out.”
McNamara resigned from the seat last month to take over as service director.
Gailey is a general accounting manager for Angstrom Graphics Inc. Midwest in Cuyahoga Heights. He owned a title agency in Brunswick for five years.
He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cleveland State University.
Ward 2 Councilman Vince Carl said he thinks Gailey will be a nice addition to Council and someone who can “watch over the budget.”
Gailey was Council’s second pick of the night.
Council members first made a motion to appoint Grafton Road resident Tim Angbrandt, and adjourned their meeting.
Angbrandt, however, declined the appointment.
Carl said Angbrandt told him he wasn’t sure he could make the time commitment that was required to be on Council and did not realize he would have to run in November to fulfill McNamara’s term and again in two years for a full four-year term on Council. Council reconvened and chose Gailey.
“All the candidates who applied for this position were fantastic,” Carl said.
Council had until Friday to appoint someone.
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