Hudson -- Council members Jan. 8 voted 4-0 to appoint Keith Smith to replace John Jeffers to represent Ward 4 on City Council.

"It was a difficult decisions," said Council President David Basil. "We had four excellent candidates."

Smith has lived in Hudson for seven years, and from 2009 until present, he has worked as a financial adviser for the Western Reserve Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

He earned a bachelor's degree in human movement studies from Kent State University and a master's degree in agronomy and turf management from Rutgers State University.

In recent years, he has served on the Hudson Economic Growth Board, the Hudson Golf Advisory Board and the Leadership Hudson steering committee.

"My wife and I feel it is important to take an active role in the community that we live in... which will help to shape our lives," Smith said. "I plan on being a resident for a long time. I enjoy the community and want to give back."

Ward 4 is predominantly residential, and Smith said he expects feedback from residents.

"The roads are always an issue," he said.

Smith has attended Council meetings and budget meetings before being appointed and plans to run in the fall for the Ward 4 seat.

Smith will be publicly sworn in at the Jan. 16 Council meeting, but he took the oath of office Jan. 9 with City Manager Anthony Bales and Clerk of Council Elizabeth Slagle.

At-large Council member Dan Williams abstained from the vote because he was not present Jan. 7 to interview the four candidates, who had applied for the vacant Council seat. Ward 3 Councilman Alex Kelemen was absent.

The other Ward 4 candidates included Ryan Beam, Rafael McLaughlin and Dean Rolland.

Beam, a 15-year resident, is an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

McLaughlin, a 4-year resident, is a law partner with Reminger Co., LPA and serves on the Hudson Architectural and Historical Review Board and is on the board of directors for the Hudson Library and Historical Society. He also serves on the board of directors for the Broadway School of Music and the Arts.

Rolland, an 11-year resident, is the director of operation services at Merritt Woodwork and serves as Hudson Job Search adviser.


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