Alexander appointed to fill vacancy on Council
Seeking someone new to Village government circles, Village Council Monday
agreed to appoint Mary Alexander to fill a vacant seat on Council, which
was caused when Hazel Latson resigned last month.
Alexander will fill the remainder of Latsons term, which expires
after the November election. Latson resigned from Council because she
was moving outside of town.
Council unanimously agreed to appoint Alexander at a March 31 special
meeting, which also featured a two-hour discussion on various issues with
the Miami Township trustees. Alexander will officially join Council at
its next meeting, April 7, when she will be sworn in. She will join Council
president Tony Arnett, Joan Horn, George Pitstick and Denise Swinger.
Alexander was selected over three other local residents who said they
were willing to serve on Council and who had previous experience with
the local government, Bruce Rickenbach, Ilse Tebbetts and Chris Zurbuchen.
After the meeting, Horn said that Alexander was a fine candidate
who would provide a fresh perspective.
Were happy to have new blood and someone who has been in the
community for so long, Horn said. Alexander, who has lived in town
for 40 years, will bring a historical perspective to Council,
In an interview Tuesday morning, Alexander said that while local residents
know her, I think I will be a new face on Council, which,
she said, would be helpful. Citing controversial issues that the community
has struggled over in recent years which saw so many people
bombarding the Village Council on one side or another Alexander
said, Any person who would be new and willing to contribute to the
community would be welcome.
Alexander said that she decided to apply for the Council vacancy as a
way to contribute to the community. Ive lived in Yellow Springs
since 1963 and I felt it was time to take an active role in the Village
government, or at least try to, she said.
Alexander said that she had not thought about running for Council when
the vacancy opened up, but thought it would be a good opportunity for
her. I just thought it was time that I put my foot in the water
and see what happens, she said.
Applying for the vacancy was an easy decision to make, Alexander said,
noting that she did lose some sleep Monday night after she learned of
At this point, Alexander implied that she does not yet have specific goals
she would like to accomplish as a Council member. Instead, she said that
she wants to get familiar with the issues that Council is currently addressing.
Id rather see what theyre doing and maybe when I get
my feet wet, Alexander said, she would suggest certain issues or
proposals Council should address.
The new Council member said that she did not know whether she would run
for election in November, saying that she would see how this goes
For 10 years she worked as the office manager at Klein Associates, and
has also worked at the Yellow Springs Library and for the Yellow Springs
school district as assistant to the treasurer. For several years Alexander
owned a home-based business, MJs Typing Service.
In 1996, she graduated with a BA in business management from Antioch University
McGregor, which, she said, gave her the confidence to join the Village
Council. If you finish the McGregor School you can finish anything,
Currently Alexander volunteers as a third-grade reading partner at Mills
Lawn School and at the Senior Center. She is also a student in the first
Yellow Springs Leadership Institute program, which provides leadership
training for people interested in civic service and community service.
Alexander and her husband, William, who is retired from Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, have been married for 42 years. They have four children,
who graduated from Yellow Springs High School.