GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Village council is looking for a potential new member after councilperson Cynthia Huerta resigned earlier this month.

Huerta moved away from the village, and since a requirement for being on council is living in the village, she had to resign, said Mayor Dwayne Bennett.

Village council has 30 days to appoint someone to serve the remainder of Huerta’s term, said Jeremy Schaffer, Geneva-on-the-Lake village administrator. If the village council does not appoint someone within 30 days, the mayor may appoint someone to the seat, he said. 

Village residents interested in potentially filling the term should send a letter showing their qualifications and abilities to the village fiscal officer by Aug. 7, Schaffer said. A meeting will likely be held on Aug. 10 to discuss potential candidates, he said. Anyone who is appointed must meet the requirements for the position and be a registered voter who resides in the village, according to the village’s website.

The person who is chosen to fill the seat will be able to run for re-election in 2021, Bennett said.

Huerta was elected in 2017, finishing second in a four-person race for four seats, according to Ashtabula County election records. Huerta received 124 votes, out of 500 cast for members of village council.

Bennett thanked Huerta for her work on Council.

“We just want to ... thank her for her service,” Bennett said. “She did a great job. We’ve had a forward-thinking council for the last four years that I’ve been [mayor], and that’s why we’re able to get a lot accomplished. ... We’re going to definitely miss her, but we understand, people move on.”

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