Village looking for a new councilor

Deb Zwez

As the year comes to a close, Cridersville Police Chief John Drake is back on the job; Councilman Paul Lynch is not.

Meeting in regular session Monday, Cridersville Village Council members accepted Lynch’s resignation, received by village officials on Nov. 30. Lynch resigned after serving a 10-day jail term in Allen County following his conviction of physical control. In June of this year Lynch had been cited by officers with the Ohio Highway Patrol for operating a vehicle while intoxicated; he pled guilty on Nov. 2 to the lesser charge and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, a $600 fine plus court costs and was placed on community control.

Council, meeting without Mayor Rick Walls who was excused for illness, opted to act quickly to fill the opening. Anyone interested in serving Lynch’s unexpired term should send a letter of application to village officials no later than Friday at noon. Council will meet in special session at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 to name the new councilor. Interviews will be scheduled that day, at a time to be determined based on the number of applications received.

Tony Zappardo, former village mayor, wanted to know why Lynch was paid for...

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