Photo by Michele Murphy
Daniel Forror was sworn in as a Sheffield Village councilman last week.
SHEFFIELD VILLAGE - A 30-year-old political newcomer and career firefighter was appointed to Sheffield Village Council Thursday. Daniel Forror was selected by a 3-2 vote to fill Jean Ackerman's unexpired two-year term that runs through 2021. Ackerman resigned in July.
Forror, a full-time firefighter/paramedic with the Sheffield Lake Fire Department, grew up in the village, graduated from Brookside High School and is raising his two young children with his wife, Hannah.
The new councilman said he was excited to work with the citizens of Sheffield Village. “I believe my passion for serving my community along with my experience working in a team setting will be a strong asset as a councilman.”
Five people applied for the vacancy, including 80-year old former councilman Louis Varos. Other applicants were Stanley Bielawski, Barbara Eifel and David Vovak.
Each was given five minutes to state why they sought the position. Eifel was unable to attend due to a prior commitment. Fiscal Officer Tim Pelcic read a prepared statement from her.
Following the presentations, council members asked questions of the four who were in chambers. Prior to voting, Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Carolyn White made a motion to go into executive session to discuss applicants. Her motion was met with strenuous objections by Mayor John Hunter, who was ineligible to vote in the matter. Councilman Matt Bliss concurred with the mayor, saying that council had always held such discussions in the open, including when current councilmen Bob Marcovich and Joe Koster earned their appointments to council in recent years. The motion failed.
Bliss then nominated Forror and the nomination was quickly seconded. Varos and Bielawski were nominated as well. Each council member then cast a vote, with Forror securing three of five in the first round.
Forror was sworn in by Hunter, with his wife at his side.
Council members and Hunter stressed their appreciation to all who applied. Marcovich told applicants that he remembered being in their positions when he sought an open seat on council, noting he had to face off against just one other person.
Hunter said that there would be another opening on council in January and hoped they would consider applying. That seat, currently held by Marcovich, will be open because he filed petitions to run for one of two council seats with expiring terms this year. White holds one of those seats but relinquished it to run for mayor. Marcovich filed to run for it. He and incumbent Kevin Watkinson were the only two who filed petitions so they will win those seats as long as their petitions are validated by the Lorain County Board of Elections.
Michele Murphy is a freelance reporter from Avon Lake.