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Four village residents, including the father of the outgoing Genoa Village Council member, want to take a seat at the council table.

Councilman Brian Best officially left his post Monday. He is moving out of the village and no longer fits the residency requirement, according to village officials. Best formally informed his fellow council members at their regular meeting Aug. 6.

Council gave candidates until 4 p.m. Aug. 13 to submit their resumes.

Four men – Michael Best, Timothy A. Davies Sr., Kenneth Lee Harsanje Sr., and David A. Stacklin – submitted their applications, according to the resumes obtained by The Press.

Village council will now have to decide the replacement procedure and whether it will require candidate interviews, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said. Council has 30 days from the resignation to fill the position. Otherwise, the task falls to  Mayor Mark Williams.

Council’s next regular meeting is Aug. 20.

Best took the position last September after a unanimous council vote. He replaced Eric Hise, who departed for health reasons. The seat’s term lasts until December 2013, according to the Ottawa County Board of Elections.

Michael Best is the father of Brian Best.

“As a life-long resident of the village of Genoa, I believe I am well equipped to represent the people who live here,” Michael Best wrote in his application.

The 1970 graduate of Genoa High School currently works at Team Systems and is a member of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District. He has served as a local firefighter and EMT since 1971, a dozen years of those years spent as assistant chief.

Another of the candidates has current ties to Genoa High School.

Stacklin is an agricultural educator at the high school campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road.

In his application, he said he was motivated by others to pursue the job.

“I understand that the Village of Genoa is well established and fully supported. As an agricultural education instructor, I have assisted the community in various ways. I am relatively new to living in the village although I have lived around the area since I started teaching at Genoa 11 years ago,” Stacklin stated.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at The Ohio State University and then obtained a master’s degree in educational administration from Bowling Green State University.

He is also a Genoa FFA Alumni Advisor, Genoa High School and Middle School track coach, Genoa Middle School wrestling assistant coach, and is a member of the Genoa After Prom Committee and Genoa varsity football assistant coach in 2007 and 2008.

This summer, Stacklin was one of two ag teachers guiding FFA members who took on the task of bringing back the defunct farmer’s market in downtown Genoa.

Davies points to his background in administration and human resources as a major qualification for the seat. The adjunct instructor at Terra Community College previously founded Christ Community Church and served as senior pastor from 1988 to 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Toledo, followed by a master’s degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.

In recent years, he served on the Mayor’s Committee to choose a new village solicitor. And for 3 ½ years, Davies was a member of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In 2010, he served as president of that board.

Prior to coming to Genoa, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1978 as Mess Management Specialist. His duties ranged from cooking and baking for 300-5,000 people as well as training and bookkeeping.

The final candidate, Harsanje, is an April 2011 retiree of First Energy/Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, where he worked as a mechanical journeyman and supervisor for 33 years. He is currently employed by Zempleo as a consulting contractor to assist the power station on various projects.

“I feel my past employment with First Energy with million dollar project designs is a plus point that I can bring to the Genoa Council in deciding the direction that is best for the village and its people,” Harsenje wrote.

Harsanje said he has been a resident of Genoa for all of his 57 years. Many of those years were spent volunteering for community events. He is a past officer and coach of the Genoa Little League and high school summer league for 12 years. He is a charter member of the paint team for Friday night football games. He currently has the title of Honorary Clay-Genoa Fireman, after serving the department for 25 years.

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