Written by Cindy Jacoby
August 14, 2012
After only a year on Genoa Village Council, Brian Best has resigned his seat.
Best informed his peers Monday at the first regular council meeting of the month that it would be his last meeting. His official last day was Aug. 13.
Best is moving from his Genoa residence on 11th Street to a home in Curtice, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said.
“We knew his house was up for sale. It sold fast. We really didn’t have any warning,” Gladden said about the unexpected departure.
Best held the seat since September 2011 when council gave him a unanimous nod to fill the unexpired term for then councilman Eric Hise. Hise had resigned in July unexpectedly because of health reasons.
During his time on village council, Best served as the chairman of the Utilities Committee and was a member of the Income Tax Review Board, the Ad-Hoc Committee and the Finance and Insurance Committee, according to the Genoa Village website.
Best, a Toledo Refining Co. employee, was one of six people who applied for the position last summer.
He had no previous experience as an elected official but had made a run once for a council seat, Gladden said. His family also had a background in public service. His father was an assistant chief on the fire department and his grandfather was a long-time tree commission member.
The council seat’s term lasts until December 2013, along with three others on the six-person board, according to the Ottawa County Board of Elections website.
The two remaining seats are up for election in December 2015.
Applications for the vacancy were accepted until Aug. 13.
As of Thursday, four people had applied. Mayor Mark Williams was not available Thursday night to comment on the names of the possible candidates.
After the deadline, council has 30 days to decide on a replacement, Gladden said.
“If they don’t, then the mayor will pick someone,” he added.