It’s no longer accurate to say no one is interested in filling the office of Lakewood Mayor if current mayor Ed Fitzgerald wins the race for Cuyahoga County Executive.
Speculation as to who would take charge of the county’s 3rd largest city began when no one in the line of succession was interested in the job. That left Council President Kevin Butler to put out a help wanted ad, seeking applicants for the mayor to be considered for appointment by council. The deadline was at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. The job pays about $75,000.
Now that the names have come in, the appropriate question is: Who are these people? Of the five who applied, none has held any elected office in the city or has built a public profile through volunteer service or any other typical “pillar-of-the-community” means. Applicants include Michael Holyko, Brian O'Boyle, Kyle Krewson, Robert Popp, and Daniel Rigney.
The situation is not so dire as the slate of unknowns would seem to imply, however. Two guys, both with long records of civic involvement, both say they are at least interested in the prospect of stepping up. As it happens, the timing is an issue for both.
Current councilman and former school board member Mike Summers, who’s also CEO of the Summers Rubber Company, says he’s interested in the job. But he’d have to figure out how his company would run without him in the mean time, however.
Current school board member and soon-to-retire policeman Ed Favre also says he’s interested—but not until after he retires in February. That means he won’t apply for the one-year appointment to fill the seat if Fitzgerald wins. But in February, he says he’ll decide whether to enter the race for a full, four-year term in next fall’s election.
Council president Kevin Butler says he’ll extend the deadline to apply for the possible vacancy until Nov. 2, when potential applicants will have a better idea whether Fitzgerald will win the race for county executive—and therefore where the mayor’s job will actually be available. — Michael Gill