MACEDONIA — Shane Barker is looking forward to his second stint on City Council after the four other Council members picked him Aug. 1 to fill the seat of former Council President Nick Molnar, who is now serving as mayor.
Barker served on Council from 2006 to 2013. He is a captain in the Correction Division of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
"I am very humbled by the confidence that the members of Council had in me to [appoint me] to the vacant seat," said Barker. "The list of candidates that I saw was very impressive.
"Our neighbors here in Macedonia are very smart and informed. I know this decision was difficult for Council. I know, I have had to make the same decision in the past. It is not to be taken lightly.
"I will treat the next year and a half as an extended interview, after which time I will once again ask the voters for permission to represent them."
Eleven people applied for the open seat. Others were former Councilwoman Sylvia Hanneken, Karen Bartolozzi, David Finley, Jeff Garvas, David Hetrick, Richard Iofredda, Todd Merhige, John Rodda, Farhad Sethna and Vincent Vigluicci.
Barker was favored for the post by Council members Jessica Brandt, Kevin Bilkie, Jan Tulley and Vinnie Ventura. He will serve until at least Dec. 31, 2019, and can run to continue serving in the November 2019 general election.
In his capacity as captain in the Correction Division, Barker oversees the operations of more than 180 sworn and non-sworn staffers and 750-plus inmates on a daily basis.
He also oversees and schedules the sworn security staff at Blossom Music Center, including the direct supervision of 40-plus deputies providing policing services during its summer concert series.
When he served on Council previously, he was president, a member of the parks and recreation committee, safety committee chairman and a member of two charter review commissions.
"During that time, we approved numerous construction projects, including the Route 82 railroad bridge, HIghland Road bridge, new interchange at I-271 and quiet zone at the Twinsburg Road railroad crossing," he said.
Barker and his wife Linda built their house in the city in 2003. "During that, we have chosen the path of public service, as Linda is also a sheriff’s deputy for Summit County," he said.
"I am impressed with Shane’s experience and believe he is the most qualified person for the Council seat," said Brandt. "I look forward to working with him, and I’m happy to see so many people applied for the seat."
"I’ve worked with Shane before, and believe he will bring some good ideas to Council," added Tulley, who is now Council president. "I’d like to encourage the other applicants to stay interested in serving the city in some capacity."
Molnar took over as mayor when Joseph Migliorini resigned July 9 after a charge of battery was brought against him in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. In an incident in April, Migliorini allegedly grabbed a woman by her hair and slapped her in the face.
Since Migliorini had only 1 1/2 years remaining on his term, Molnar assumed his duties. If Migliorini would have had more than two years remaining, the mayor’s seat would have been voted on by residents in the November election.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org