Avon City Council selected long-time resident and frequent meeting attendee Mary Berges to serve as an at-large councilman at Monday’s meeting to replace former council president .
Councilman Danny Zegarac, who served as president pro tem, was unanimously elected as council president, while Craig Witherspoon, an at-large councilman, was selected to take over as president pro tem.
Berges, who has lived in Avon for 8½ years, was one of 19 applicants who were required to file by April 13 for the appointment. Berges will serve until Dec. 31, 2013. Although she’s never served on any city council, Berges is confident she’ll make a good addition to the institution.
“I’m just excited about the opportunity to be able to serve the residents of Avon,” Berges, 59, said. “Over the years, I’ve looked at different opportunities to do that. This is certainly a very significant way to do that.”
Berges is currently semi-retired and is a human resources consultant at Berges and Associates. Although her first night on the job was pleasantly uneventful in her opinion, she expects things will liven up soon.
“You just never know what’s going to come up at city council meetings. If you really want to know what’s going on in the city, this is the place to come,” she said.
Zegarac expressed confidence in the selection of Berges.
“We had a lot of really strong people apply to the vacancy, and Mary will do a great job,” Zegarac said.