A new councilman joined the Litchfield Park City Council after the Oct. 4 resignation of Peter Mahoney.
Ron Clair was appointed to take over Mahoney’s seat and serve the rest of his term which ends in January 2021. Litchfield Park City Council unanimously appointed Clair to the council on Nov. 19 in a special council meeting after interviewing several other candidates.
At a Nov. 2 meeting, council entered into an executive session to discuss potential candidates according to City Manager Bill Stephens.
Stephens said there were 15 candidates, but one could not be considered due to residence just outside of the city.
`Council chose five applicants to interview “based on their qualifications and their ability to hit the ground running,” Stephens said.
“We have a number of important, involved issues being worked and decided by the council, such as issues surrounding the development of our City Center,” Stephens said.
The five candidates were Clair, Lynn Bennett, Brian Dalke, Brian Dursteler and Michael Grjegian.
Clair said he is “ecstatic” about being appointed to city council. He is the general manager of All My Sons Moving and Storage.
“This little town has a charm that’s different than other places,” Clair said after being sworn in.
After two decades, Councilman Mahoney resigned on due to potential conflicts of interest surrounding his three restaurants and developing projects in the community.
Mahoney began his resignation letter saying, “During my over 19 years as an elected member of the city council for the city of Litchfield Park, I have always firmly positioned the needs of the city ahead of my own business and personal interests.”
Litchfield Park is growing fast, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The most recent census figures show Litchfield Park’s population of 6,310, a 29% growth over the 2010 population of 5,476.
Litchfield Park’s neighbors Goodyear grew by 27% over the same time period, with Avondale growing by 13% over the last decade. Buckeye expanded by nearly double since 2010.
Litchfield Park City Council next meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 18.