MUNROE FALLS: Mayor Frank Larson on Monday broke a deadlocked vote and appointed Sam Busic to fill a vacant seat on City Council.
Busic returns to council after a filing error last fall prevented him from running for re-election.
Larson’s appointment comes after the council could not agree on a replacement for Councilman Jim Iona, who had vacated one council seat to run for another. Their 3-3 deadlocked vote stood for more than the required 30-day period. The city charter allows the mayor to break any tie.
Council had until Friday to resolve the matter on its own, and the nonpartisan panel had four other occasions to break the tie.
In all, nine candidates applied for the open post. Last week, the council appeared poised to appoint Allen Mavrides, a municipal services coordinator and current chair of the Summit County Planning Commission.
But when it came time to vote, some council members switched their allegiance and voted for Busic, creating the stalemate.