Phillip J. Montgomery took the seat of former Ward 8 Councilwoman Sandra Kurt for the first time at last night's City Council meeting. Montgomery was sworn into office Friday after being selected from a field of 13 candidates to complete Kurt's term.
He will not run for the Ward 8 seat when his interim appointment ends December 31 and that was a factor in his selection said Tina Merlitti, who chaired the Special Committee that recommended Montgomery for the Ward 8 seat.
"We interviewed some really wonderful and exciting candidates, and we did not want to give anyone an advantage by running as the incumbent," she said. "The choice of Mr. Montgomery gives Ward 8 citizens the opportunity to start with a clean slate for the November election, and it gives them good representation in the interim."