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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Roddy Selected for Third Ward Council Seat

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Sidney City Council went into executive session during a December 15, 2021 special council meeting of Sidney City Council to interview candidates for the vacant Third Ward Council seat. The seat was left vacant with the resignation of Ed Hamaker effective December 31, 2021.  In accordance with Section 2.8 of the City Charter, "if any member of the Council shall die, resign, or be disqualified, the remaining members of the Council shall, by the concurrence of at least four (4) votes, choose a successor who shall serve during the remainder of the unexpired term".

A notice was placed in the Sidney Daily News in early November 2021 and on social media asking for interested third-ward residents to complete an application along with a series of questions and return it to Clerk Egbert by November 30, 2021.  Council interviewed four candidates.  Each candidate was asked a series of more than twenty questions.  Those questions included "what do you like most about Sidney, and what would you change if you could?" Another question asked about the actions that should be taken to ensure the city has sufficient revenues to meet the needs of the residents. Still other questions queried the City's role in economic development, public safety, and enforcing property maintenance codes.

Following the interview process, Council discussed the merits of each candidate, and selected Roy L. (Scott) Roddy to fill the vacancy.  “Council was impressed with all of the applicants and the passion they exhibited for Sidney and it’s residents”, commented Mayor Mardie Milligan. She continued, “We are excited to welcome Scott Roddy to city council and believe he is an excellent representative for the third ward.  His extensive experience in health and safety, education, and coaching will be an asset for the entire community.  Council joins me in welcoming him and we look forward to working together for the benefit of all of the citizens in Sidney.”

Mr. Roddy was sworn in at a special meeting of the Sidney City Council held January 3, 2022. Following his oath of office, Councilmember Roddy was seated and the meeting was adjourned.  The term expires on November 30, 2025. He then participated in the workshop meeting that followed.

Roddy, a retired educator and coach of thirty-two years, and his wife Barb moved to Sidney in 1993 and are proud to call Sidney home.  He served eighteen years as Chief of the Perry-Port-Salem rescue district and as a National certified paramedic.  Currently, Roddy is a state certified High School official for football, basketball and softball.  He and his wife are proud parents and grandparents.  They are active members of the First Church of the Nazarene, where Roddy serves on the board as the safety and security director.  

"We have lived in Sidney almost 30 years and are proud to call Sidney home,” Roddy stated.  “I’m excited for a new chapter in my life by serving on Sidney City Council and continuing to help it develop.” 

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