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A friendly face around City Hall is the newest member of the City Council.
John "Jack" Myers, chairman of the Taylor Veterans Museum Commission, was appointed to fill the vacancy on City Council last night (Tuesday, January 3, 2017). Myers replaces Linda Roberts, who resigned in December (effective January 1).
City Charter states that it is up to the remaining council members to fill a council vacancy. Historically, that has meant that the first nominee to gain a majority (four votes), would win the seat. If the council cannot immediately come to a consensus on an appointee, the process continues. Some vacancies are filled quickly, while others have taken months.
Myers' appointment will remain in effect through the November 7 election in the City.
Myers was one of seven applicants for the position and one of four to be nominated during the regular council meeting. Those applying were Myers, Caroline Patts, Tim Witz, Jill Brandana, Herman "Butch" Ramik, Samuel Ditzhazy and Tim Faremouth. When the council convened during the regular meeting, Myers was nominated by Councilman Alex Garza; Faremouth by Councilman Charley Johnson; Ramik by Councilman Tim Woolley; and Witz by Councilman Dan Bzura.
Garza was the first to ask for a resolution for a vote on Myers. The resolution passed by a 5-1 vote, with Johnson voting against. Myers was sworn into office by City Clerk Cindy Bower and immediately took his seat at the council table.
Myers has been a resident of the City since 1956 and is a graduate of Kennedy High School. He is a retired military veteran and Romulus Police Officer. He is married to Nancy (Vauris) Myers, former teacher and president of the Taylor Federation of Teachers. Myers also served as chaplain and commander of the American Legion Post 200.