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.