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Avon councilman stepping down, may get reappointed


AVON — The city is accepting applicants for its Ward 2 City Council seat, although incumbent Dennis McBride may get reappointed to the post.

McBride, 57, is stepping down May 31, a date that coincides with his eligibility to collect state pension benefits as a 30-year retiree of the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System.

He has served on Council since January 2004, when he was elected to his first two-year term. He has served four more two-year terms.

McBride just began his first four-year term in January after a city charter change.

McBride previously worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s office, as well as the cities of FairviewPark, Vermilion, Cleveland and BedfordHeights.

Under state retirement guidelines, McBride is required to relinquish his publicly elected seat and then reapply for it to receive uninterrupted pension benefits.

McBride said he intends to reapply.

“I’ll be appointed again if the current Council decides to appoint me,” he said. “I’m not assuming that’s a foregone conclusion.”

According to a notice from Ellen R. Young, clerk of Avon City Council, applications will be accepted from Ward 2 residents until noon May 30 in the clerk’s office.

Application forms are available at www.cityofavon.com.

Once there, interested parties are advised to follow the link titled “Application for Ward 2 Council Vacancy.”

Applications may be filed in person at AvonCity Hall, 36080 Chester Road, Avon, OH44011, or email ellen@cityofavon.com.

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