Ashland City Council chooses new member

The Ashland City Council unanimously chose Pam Marsh to fill the council seat vacated by David Chapman, who resigned in October.

A former restaurant and inn owner who is the manager of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Marsh sits on the Ashland Planning Commission and has been involved in school, government and health issues.

Mayor John Stromberg said that Marsh is very well-qualified to fill the council seat.

"This is a recognition of a distinguished public career, and the fact that the council would choose you unanimously is a good sign," Stromberg told Marsh at the Tuesday meeting where the choice was made.

The Council received applications from seven people with extensive government and community experience. In addition to Marsh, the applicants were Tom Giordano, Lynn Thompson, Keith Haxton, Colin Swales, Eric Heesacker and Kevin Bernadt.

"We did get a very good slate of excellent people," Councilor Dennis Slattery said.

Council discussed holding a Dec. 3 meeting to interview applicants but decided it was ready to choose a replacement this week.

Marsh will serve through December 2014.

—Vickie Aldous

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