Ernst appointed to fill seat on Belleview City Commission
The new member fills Goldman's Seat 1.
Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 10:02 p.m.
BELLEVIEW - A new face joined the City Commission dais on Tuesday night as commissioners appointed a Code Enforcement Board member to join them.
Gary Ernst was appointed to fill Seat 1, which Michael Goldman vacated in November. Ernst's term will run until the November general election.
Commissioners touted Ernst's dedication to the city, evidenced by his attendance at nearly all commission meetings for the past year.
"He's about the only citizen that's here most meetings," said Mayor Tammy Moore.
His attendance also sealed his nomination for Commissioner Wilma Loar.
"He's very familiar with what we're doing," she said.
But commissioners said they were impressed by all four candidates.
"I wish you were around last fall so you could have filed and we didn't have to make this decision," Loar said.
Each candidate was asked several questions by sitting commissioners during an open interview process.
Commissioner Christine Dobkowski was the lone dissenting vote for Ernst's nomination, saying she preferred another candidate.
Ernst said he hopes to spur industrial development.
"We still need the mom-and-pop type businesses, but I'd like to see some kind of plant come into Belleview, and I believe we have the area, particularly south of the city, to put something," he said.
Ernst, a retired Marion County Sheriff's lieutenant, said he plans to put his feet on the ground and talk to citizens.
"It is my goal that all citizens of Belleview have the opportunity to be heard," Ernst wrote in a prepared statement, "I believe communication is the key through personal contact and our city Web page."
Commissioner Kenneth Nadeau and Moore disclosed that they both encouraged Ernst to run.
Hopeful Pamela Moore said she'd like to get involved with the city and will apply to fill Ernst's empty code board seat.
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