Before getting to work on the 2018 agenda, Bexley City Council members welcomed new member Monique Lampke and elected Lori Ann Feibel as council president for the next two years.
Both actions took place during a Jan. 2 swearing-in ceremony at Bexley City Hall.
Lampke was elected to one of three open council seats last fall. The race also included incumbent Deneese Owen, who was not re-elected to a second term and left council at the end of December.
In addition to Lampke, the Jan. 2 ceremony included the swearing-in of Feibel and Richard Sharp, who were both re-elected in November. City Auditor Bill Harvey, who was re-elected to a second term in an uncontested race in November, also took the oath of office.
Lampke, 45, is an attorney and professor. She holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Ohio State University. She has taught at Capital University, Ohio Dominican University and the University of Dayton School of Law. She has two daughters.
"I look forward to working with our residents, administration and council on issues promoting the utmost safety for all Bexley residents," Lampke said.
She said she also plans to work on "improving communication between our residents, city leaders and community partners, and securing alternate funding and increasing revenue for our city needs and capital improvements."
Sharp, 55, who operates The BEAT shuttle service, joined council in 2010 and served as council president in 2014 and 2015. He most recently served as council's Safety Committee chairman. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in business administration from Capital University. He and his wife have two children.
Feibel, 48, was elected to a four-year term in 2013 and most recently was chairwoman of council's Strategic Committee. She holds a master's degree from Ohio State and taught middle school social studies before being elected to council. She serves on the board of several community organizations, including the St. Vincent Family Center. She and her husband have three children.
At the Jan. 2 ceremony, Feibel was elected council president in a 5-1 vote, with Mary Gottesman abstaining. Tim Madison, whose two-year term as council president ended in December, was absent due to travel. Gottesman initially nominated Sharp for council president, but there was no second to her motion. Council member Steve Keyes then nominated Feibel, and Sharp seconded the motion.
Feibel said she hopes her leadership style will set a tone of mutual respect among council members.
"At the end of my term, for the next two years, I hope that we will look back on it and that we will say that it was two years of warm collaboration and I hope that it truly shows for the rest of our country what it takes for leaders to be respectful of one another," she said. "I know that each one of you (council members) bring to this table, and bring to our community, so many talents, and I'm well aware of those and count on those, as do the rest of our citizens."
Feibel said she plans to contact council members this month to discuss new committee assignments.
Gottesman said she nominated Sharp because of his experience and knowledge of the issues facing the city.
"With so many large city projects in the planning stage and with attention needed to street and alley financing, I thought Mr. Sharp was a very sound choice," she said. "In addition, he is willing to speak out publicly with an alternative viewpoint and asks sound questions with regard to city administration and funding."
Gottesman described both Sharp and Feibel as "courteous and generous to everyone" and said she supports Feibel in her new role as president.
"Lori Ann brings a wide variety of volunteerism, both within the city and in charitable organizations to the table," Gottesman said. "She is supportive of everyone in their various city roles and deeply loves Bexley, wanting only the best for it.
"All of her fellow council members share that passion for Bexley, and we will all be there working together with Lori Ann during what promises to be a big year of change and challenge ahead," she said.