Councilman Nick Gresock scores big win in Monroeville mayoral race
Unofficial election results show Monroeville elected a new mayor, two council incumbents retained their seats and ballot questions to update the Home Rule Charter all passed.
Nicholas Gresock, a Democrat and councilman for Ward 2, won by nearly 40 percentage points against his Republican opponent, Chad Stubenbort, in the mayoral race.
Linda Gaydos and Thomas Wilson, Democrats, will retain their seats as council members in Wards 1 and 7, respectively, after their victories. Ronald Harvey in Ward 3 and current Mayor Gregory Erosenko in Ward 5 ran unopposed.
“I am proud of the type of campaign that I ran, and appreciate all the support and encouragement I received at the polls and over the past several months from the residents. It is an absolute honor,” Gresock said.
He said he will continue to work as a councilman on passing the 2018 budget without a tax increase while preserving services. He also wants to focus on public safety by hiring more police officers and upgrading the community video surveillance system.
The council will have to appoint a replacement for him when he becomes mayor in January. Resumes of prospective council members are being accepted at the manager's office. The appointment will be through 2018.
Home rule changes
Key points of the passage of amendments to the Home Rule Charter include:
• Council will be able choose whether to consider the solicitor as a municipal employee or an independent contractor.
• The municipality will be able to create a conventional human resources department.
• Education and experience requirements will be increased for the hiring of the municipal manager, acting manager, police chief and assistant chief.
• Hiring, promoting and reducing the police force will be governed by state law. Also, the chief and deputy chief will be entitled to civil service protection.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer.