By Jeff Gallatin
Several familiar names are among the candidates seeking to fill the council-at-large position left vacant when Mark Mahoney resigned for health reasons May 7.
As of Monday afternoon’s deadline, six candidates had turned in resumes for the post. Several members of different city volunteer boards as well as the son and grandson of former council members were among the applicants.
The candidates include Melissa Jewell Doyle, a registered nurse and North Olmsted City Schools graduate, who is seeking her first public office in North Olmsted.
Doyle went to Cuyahoga Community College to obtain a nursing degree, then worked as a nurse at Parma General Hospital while she obtained an associate degree in business administration from Tri-C. She has worked as a staff nurse for General Motors since 2006.
Marty Hayes, a member of the city Civil Service Commission since 2012, is a graduate of North Olmsted High School and has been a sales and human resources executive with Sprint since 2002.
Hayes has been responsible for managing up to 15 Sprint stores, and also been a regional marketing operations manager for the firm. Hayes is also active in St. Richard’s Parent Club, including serving as president and on the Finance Committee. He also has coached and been active in multiple sports in the North Olmsted recreation leagues.
Sidney W. King Jr., is also seeking his first public position in the city. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and has been active in GracePointe Church activities for several years. He also has been involved as a coach in various hockey leagues since the 1990s.
King has worked for FirstEnergy in different capacities, such as a safety representative and a shift union steward, and graduated from several professional development classes for the utility.
Duane H. Limpert, a business analyst for KeyBank, who is on the North Olmsted Tax Incentive Review program, has a master’s in business administration from The Ohio State University and is a West Point graduate who served as public affairs officer and in other capacities during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Limpert also is the son of Duane Limpert, a former city councilman and former city service and safety director. He also is the grandson of former longtime city Councilman Dewey Limpert.
Timothy Smith has an associate degree in electronic engineering technology from Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. He served on the North Olmsted Charter Review Commission and also sought the Ward 3 council seat when Nicole Dailey Jones resigned to take a director’s position in the new Cuyahoga County government. He also ran for mayor in the 2009 elections, finishing fourth in the primary.
Smith has been a manager and owner of Joe D’s printing in North Olmsted since 1982. He also has been active as a coach and referee in a wide range of youth sports, as well as being an instructor for hockey referees in USA Hockey.
Stephen W. Wolf is a former 32-year veteran of the North Olmsted Police Department, and currently is a practicing attorney. He sought the city council president’s post last year when Duane Limpert resigned for family and financial reasons.
Wolf has a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and a master’s of public administration from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs from CSU. He is a member of a variety of law-related groups and affiliations.
City Council has one month from May 8, when Mahoney’s resignation took effect, to appoint a replacement. If council does not, the appointment falls to Mayor Kevin Kennedy. Because of the timing of Mahoney’s resignation, the post will be up for re-election this November for the remaining two years of the term. Normally, the three at-large seats are on a different election cycle than the four ward seats, which also are up for election this year.