Griffin chosen as At-Large

After interviewing all eight candidates, Barberton City Council selected Shorter Griffin, Democrat, to fill the vacancy for an At-Large representative.

Griffin is retired and serves as president of Barberton Noon Kiwanis, treasurer of Magic City Democratic Club, is a member on the Board of Zoning Appeals and serves on the scholarship committee for Barberton NAACP.

He is a lifelong resident of Barberton and said in a previous interview with The Barberton Herald that he wants to be a part of the community and improve the town he calls home.

After Council met with each candidate April 12 from 5:45-7:45 p.m. and held a discussion afterward, they made their decision. Council President Craig Megyes said, “He knows the city more than anybody that we interviewed.” It’s a city-wide position so familiarity with the whole city was an asset.

The compensation for this position, which is the same as the ward representatives, is $12,000 annually.

Megyes noted that it was very close and there were several strong candidates. He said when they are trying to choose between several individuals it usually comes down to their volunteer work which he said Griffin’s community service was extensive.

Pick up the Thursday, April 19 issue of the Herald for the full story.



  1. Joe public on April 14, 2018 at 12:29 am

    It was a dog and pony show. “Interviews” were done only because it was required by the charter. They knew who was getting the position as soon as the seat was vacated.

  2. pick up sticks on April 13, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Looks like you were on the Shorter end of the stick. Not what you know, but who you know.

  3. Lifelong Citizen on April 12, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Is anyone really surprised by the corrupt insider game that is, Barberton city council? You gotta be in the clique to be on the team.

    • Witness to impotence on April 13, 2018 at 5:48 am

      So… he’s not a good choice? What’s the downside? He’s not qualified?
      He’s been here too long?
      You applied and we’re shunned?

      • Lifelong Citizen on April 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        Barberton, You have to be inside the circle to get a chance, I can name four to five applicants there were not considered because they’re names weren’t recognized.

        • Witness to impotence on April 14, 2018 at 8:30 am

          Let’s have those names and get down to business. We can find out why they we’re not recognized. If they have a resume of public service and participate in the community, it should be relatively easy to argue the case.

    • The King of the Weather on April 13, 2018 at 6:10 am

      The position was open to anyone within the city. Did you apply?

      • Lifelong Citizen on April 13, 2018 at 6:32 pm

        No need to waste my time I’m not in the circle so I would have easily been overlooked.

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