Staff Writer

GENEVA - - The hunt is on to fill yet another seat on council, leaving Geneva one man short for the third time in a year.

Council officially accepted former councilman Patrick Anastasia's resignation during Monday night's regular meeting and moved to fill the empty seat as quickly as possible. Anastasia, 33, stepped down from the board after serving three years of a four-year term, after it was learned he is ineligible to hold public office because of a felony conviction.

Council President Denny Brown read Anastasia's letter of resignation after a brief executive session.

"We need to look ahead and begin the search for a new member of council. Council will accept letters and resumes from interested parties hoping to fill this position," Brown said.

A special council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in council's chambers to review the candidates. Council hopes to appoint the new official at the meeting, Brown said.

Anastasia's resignation also leaves a vacancy on the Northwest Ambulance District (NAD) board of directors, a problem Geneva Township Trustee Bob Russell said needs to be settled as soon as possible.

"(NAD) has some tough issues coming up," Russell said. "We are working on bringing Trumbull Township into the district and the city needs to be represented in this and other decisions. This is an important appointment," he said.

Anastasia also leaves vacancies on the safety, utilities and streets committees.

Though Anastasia did not attend Monday's meeting, he said he is grateful for the support the city and his colleagues have shown him during this difficult time.

"This whole mess has brought those close to me even closer," Anastasia said in a statement. "Some people will judge me, but those people don't know me. The people I respect concern me the most and those people have supported me in this unconditionally," he said.

Star Beacon Print Edition: 9/12/2006

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