The newest member of Pickerington City Council, Jerry Dailey, brings years of diverse experience in civic affairs to a seat that expires on December 31, 2015.
Dailey was officially sworn in by Mayor Lee Gray at the Dec. 17City Council meeting by Mayor Lee Gray.
Dailey was appointed by Gray to fill the vacant seat last held by Brian Sauer, who resigned in July.
A retired engineer, Dailey performed engineering work for the city of Pickerington from 1992 to 2005.
He also served on the Pickerington Parks Board and on the city's Board of Zoning Appeals. In addition, he was president of the now defunct Pickerington Optimist Club.
He said he is ready to serve the community once again.
"I'm looking forward to it," Dailey said.
"My career has allowed me to attend hundreds of council meetings as an engineer in various communities. I have the extra time now that I'm retired," Dailey said.
A resident of Pickerington for more than 35 years, Dailey said he carries no political aspirations beyond serving on council.
"I'm going to try to be a good public servant and make the best decisions I can on behalf of the citizens," he said.
"I really don't have an agenda. I just offer my services to the city.
"I would like to ascertain what the public favors, but sometimes that's the hardest task," he said.
Dailey said he has "always been a controlled growth fan" and strongly feels that new development "needs to follow services" and not the other way around.
"It's a struggle for all suburban communities," Dailey said.
"(Pickerington) has been doing a good job but it's certainly not the rural atmosphere (from) when I moved here."
As an engineer, he said he'll offer input from his area of expertise only when it is requested.
"I want to emphasize that I will mostly stay out of the way and let the city staff do the operations here," Dailey said.
As a past member and chairman of the City Parks Board, Dailey was instrumental in helping launch the first "Music in the Park" program.
"We did it with no money and only had four or five bands that first year," he said.
"The city has turned it into a nice event."
His career also involved officiating high school football games in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, from 1973 to 1982.
"I did it for a 10-year period, but it got to where my career took precedence," he said.
He reflected on that career, one that has come full circle back to the point where he can be of service once again in the public arena.
"A good portion of life is being in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong time," Dailey said.
"I've had the good fortune of a nice career that's been broader than some. I've enjoyed it."
A native of Woodsfield in eastern Ohio, Dailey was salutatorian of a high school class of 49 students in 1963.
The school's valedictorian lives in the Pickerington area as well, in the Glenshire subdivision.
"How about that," Dailey said.