Five file to fill vacant council seat interviews

By J. PATRICK PEPPER
Times-Herald Newspapers
HEIGHTS — The deadline to file for the vacant City Council seat left open by unexpected resignation of Bob Brown in July came and went last week with five candidates emerging.

Darlene Kreish, Roy Pilot, Ed Mylenek, Dominic Lauria and Mario Nesr Fundarski all submitted the requisite paperwork – a letter of interest and resume – and soon will get a chance to state their case for why they should be selected.

Their persuasive efforts will be directed at the remaining six council members, who were scheduled to hear the candidates at yesterday’s council meeting. Each person was given five minutes to address the council.

A decision on who will fill the seat could come as soon as Tuesday, but if there is no clear favorite, the seat could stay vacant until Brown’s term expires in December 2010. In 2007, council members were unable to reach an agreement on a replacement for Bob Constan after he won election to the state Legislature.

Despite nine applicants for the position, that seat remained unfilled until the 2007 election, when Constan’s term was set to expire.