Monica DeBrock expects there will be a learning curve as she adjusts to her duties as the newest member of Reynoldsburg City Council, but says she looks forward to the challenge.
Council selected DeBrock to serve out Nathan Burd’s remaining term as an at-large member. Burd accepted an appointment as Reynoldsburg’s service director.
She will take office on Jan. 7, 2013.
DeBrock was one of five applicants interviewed for the seat. The others were former mayor Robert L. McPherson, school board member Ryan Brzezinski and residents Norman Brusk and Marshall Spalding.
Others who applied for the position were Penny Basye, Les Davies, Daniel Skinner, Will Schuck and former council member Preston Stearns.
“It was a unanimous decision and we are all looking forward to her joining our team,” Ward 1 Councilman Scott Barrett said.
He said DeBrock will likely be sworn in at the first of the year.
DeBrock, a licensed architect, said her involvement in projects such as the Olde Reynoldsburg Strategic Plan, Leadership Reynoldsburg, the Reynoldsburg Design Review Board and other community and school organizations, led to her interest in the council seat.
“I have been involved in a lot of city activities for many years,” she said. “It seemed like a natural progression to help make policies to continue improving the city and to work hard to keep this city great.”
She will finish Burd’s term in office, which ends in December 2013 and said she will campaign for the seat in 2013.
DeBrock, 50, ran unsuccessfully for a Reynoldsburg school board seat in November 2011. She said she has lived in Reynoldsburg for 22 years.
“I know there will be a lot of learning curve in this position, but I am ready to find out what it takes to sit at the council table and consider city policies,” she said.
DeBrock graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and has worked with a variety of local engineering firms on public and private projects.
She has been a Girl Scout leader, is on the Committee for a Better Reynoldsburg, has coordinated Reynoldsburg Safe Routes to Schools, is a founding member of APPLAUSE: Friends of Encore Academy and volunteers for the Gahanna Special Olympics.
“I hope to make sure the city has a vision for a future, long-term plans and ways to break down those plans into short-term steps to make them doable,” she said. “We need to find ways we can keep companies in Reynoldsburg and bring new companies into the community at the same time.”
In her letter of interest, DeBrock wrote, “I care about our community’s safety, job opportunities, education, business vitality and our city’s reputation.
“I am committed to Reynoldsburg’s heritage and I am concerned about Reynoldsburg’s future economic stability. I’m driven, passionate, with integrity and compassion.”