September 2, 2014

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Former fire chief takes on councilman in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — Councilman Timothy Eberling, 1st Ward, is challenged in Tuesday’s Republican primary by a familiar face: Ralph Copley, the city’s former fire chief.

Timothy Eberling

Eberling

Eberling, 65, was elected to City Council in 2005 and won re-election three times.

“If I was to say one thing,” Eberling said, “my goal is to continue to serve the citizens of Wadsworth as long as I can.”

One of his major goals is to get a baseball complex built without using taxpayer money. He instead would look into grants, solicit corporate donations and hold fundraisers.

“It’s a backburner goal, so it’s in its very early stages,” he said.

In his four terms on Council, Eberling said he’s most proud of his involvement in road repairs and construction.

Ralph Copley

Copley

Copley worked for the city Fire Department for 30 years — including 10 years as chief — before retiring in December.

Copley, 58, said he would like to make city government more transparent by adding committee meetings to the programs of the city’s public access cable channel.

“Most of the work happens in committee meetings,” he said. “Some of those meetings are aired, but not all of them are.”

“We work for the public,” he said. “The better informed they are, the more support we’re going to get.”

He said he hopes to keep a watchful eye on the city’s budget to avoid overspending, which he said he did as fire chief.

Copley said although he retired from city work, he doesn’t want to stop serving.

“I still have something to contribute to the community,” he said.

No Democrats filed to run in the Ward 1 primary election.

Council members serve two-year terms.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.