BUCKEYE LAKE – Mayor Peggy A. Wells administered the oath of office to four new village council members and a new fire chief Sunday afternoon in council chambers. All five will assume their new positions January 1.
The four council members were elected November 5, from a field of seven candidates. Two incumbents, Robert Masone M.D. and Doug Poorman D.V.M., did not seek reelection. Two incumbents seeking reelection – Tom Wolfe and Arletta Ruton – finished fifth and seventh respectively. A fifth challenger, Kelly J. Spangler-Braithwaite, came in sixth.
Certified election results:
John F. Lemmon – 300
Don Cable – 290
Linda Goodman – 271
Melissa J. Beard – 246
Tom Wolfe – 232
Kelly J. Spangler-Braithwaite – 159
Arletta Ruton – 115
Wells announced December 28, that she had accepted Fire Chief Clifford L. Mason’s resignation effective at midnight, December 31, 2019. She wrote, “I am very grateful for his service to our village and stellar leadership of our department.” At the same time, she announced the promotion of fire inspector Scott Hite to fire chief effective January 1. Wells wrote, “He comes with a strong resume and years of experience and education.”
Mason has been Hebron’s fire chief since July 2018 and was recently named fire chief for the new Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District which will incorporate the Hebron Fire Department and a new satellite station at 6265 Lancaster Road (Ohio 37) in Union Township. The new station is currently being renovated for a 24/7 crew and will house an engine, medic and grass truck to improve response times in the central and western portions of Union Township, and provide additional emergency personnel township-wide.