New Dormont councilman says focus will be on unity
Dormont Borough Council on Monday selected longtime community leader and former mayoral candidate Jeffrey Fabus to fill the council seat vacated by Laurie Malka.
Council appointed Fabus, 52, to fill the rest of Malka's term by a 4-2 vote, with council members Eugene Barilla and John Maggio casting their votes for financial adviser Matt Hamilton.
Malka resigned Sept. 17, citing family issues.
“Mr. Fabus is our new victim. Congratulations,” said council President Willard McCartney.
A systems support analyst at UPMC and a resident of Dormont since 1972, Fabus has been a member of the Dormont Athletic Boosters Association since 1994 and is its vice president. He will fill the remainder of Malka's term, which expires in December 2013, and he said he intends to run for election to a full term.
Fabus often sat in the audience during some of council's most contentious meetings in the past couple of years. In that time, the majority of faces at the council dais have changed, making it important to continue council's movement toward more harmonious relations, he said.
Though he ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Tom Lloyd in 2002, Fabus said he had a great deal of respect for Lloyd and looked forward to working with him. Lloyd, 79, has said he won't run for re-election in November and may retire before his term is up at the end of December, but praised Fabus and Hamilton.
Former councilman Drew Lehman also applied for the seat but was not nominated. He noted that Fabus' brother-in-law is police Officer James Burke, who is pursuing a lawsuit against the borough for his demotion to sergeant when Lehman was on council.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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