Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Jan. 15 newspaper on Page A7.
WELLSTON — The president of council, along with six Wellston City Council members, took their oaths of office before the end of 2019.
On Saturday, Dec. 28, retired Jackson County Common Pleas Court Judge Leonard Holzapfel administered the oaths of office for the president of council along with six other council members. Three of the council members are new to city council, while the others are returning council members.
Connie Pelletier was elected and sworn in as Wellston City Council President. Pelletier had no opposition during the 2019 November General Election. She received 504 complimentary votes. Longtime Council President Chris J. Brenner didn’t seek re-election.
Roaby Browning, Tom Clark, and Fred M. Duby were all elected to council-at-large seats. During the 2019 General Election, Browning received 433 votes, Clark received 466 votes, and Duby received 267 votes. Browning and Clark are returning members of council, while Duby is newly elected. Duby replaces Charlie Hudson, who did not file to seek re-election for council because he ran for Wellston Mayor and was elected. Browning was not in attendance at the swearing-in event with the other council members.
Keith Woolum was elected once again as 1st Ward councilman. He retained his seat during the 2019 November General Election. Woolum had no opposition. He received 143 complimentary votes.
David McWilliams, who filed as a write-in in the general election, was elected and sworn in as 2nd Ward councilman. McWilliams had no opposition and received 24 complimentary votes. Councilman Nick Rupert II didn’t seek re-election.
Rick Hudson, who was appointed to the 3rd Ward seat in January 2019 to replace Taylor Q. Rose, retained his seat during the 2019 November General Election. He received 89 complimentary votes.
Anthony Brenner, who was appointed to the 4th Ward seat in May 2019 to replace Vicki Ousley who resigned, also retained his seat during the 2019 November General Election. He received 120 complimentary votes.
The Wellston City Council meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the City of Wellston Council Chambers on the second floor of the city building. The meetings are open to the public.