By DAVE DELUCA - For the Star Beacon
Geneva’s newest member of council is Susan Hagan.
Hagan was picked to fill Michael Keenan’s vacant seat at a special Geneva City Council meeting held on July 22. Keenan resigned his council position after moving to Harpersfield in April, making him ineligible to continue serving.
Hagan was chosen out of seven applicants.
Hagan is a licensed electrician, union representative and an entertainer, who performs regularly at Old Mill Winery in Geneva. This combination may seem odd, but in her application and presentation she proved to council she was capable of bringing an original and positive voice to the City of Geneva’s legislative body.
The other applicants included Elias Nunez Jr., Robert Rosebrugh, William Buskirk, James Weber, Dixie Hamilton and Mary Ann Hannah.
Councilman Howard Anderson said, “We went through each of the seven, then narrowed it down to four, then down to two, then picked Hagan.”
Hagan said she was excited about being a Geneva City council member. She said she is eager to get involved and bring her ideas to the people of Geneva.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity to serve the City of Geneva,” she said. “I’ve served in a lot of different roles bringing awareness of the city to people, but this will be the most interesting and challenging.”
Hagan said the city faced numerous challenges and believed working together to define and redefine the city was one of the biggest.
“Geneva is an older city with lots of history,” she said. “But we need to employ some new methods and also to reach out to young people and get them involved in their town. It is a great place to live and work and we could really see Geneva become a star on the map.”
Hagan said she believes many of the economic woes of older Ohio cities like Geneva could be overcome by using new and innovative methods.
Hagan comes from an interesting political family. One of 14 children, Hagan’s brother Tim was once Cuyahoga County Commissioner. Her father Robert E. Hagan was a state representative, as her brother, Robert F. Hagan. She is a representative of the electrician’s union, and once delivered a speech for President Clinton during his run for office.
Hagan will be sworn in and assume her official council duties at the next Geneva City council meeting.