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Lakewood to appoint new interim president at meeting Friday

Seat left vacant after Serwatka’s resignation

The Lakewood Village Board will choose a new president Friday night.

Paul Serwatka resigned the presidency Tuesday, meaning someone will have to serve the rest of his term until a new president is elected in the spring.

The Village Board agenda includes a motion to appoint a president. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at RedTail Golf Club, 7900 Redtail Drive.

Serwatka, 50, resigned after months of speculation. He recently moved his family to northern Alabama, near Huntsville. ​

“I guess it’s about time to call it and submit my resignation as village president,” Serwatka wrote in his resignation letter, which he provided to the Northwest Herald. “I’m at the point where I’m now spending a lot more time out of state than I am in Lakewood, and it is becoming more challenging for me to pay due attention to my duties as village president. It’s been quite a ride these past 15 months.”

Trustee Phil Stephan said the board believes its senior member, Trustee J. Carl Davis, should serve as interim president.

Serwatka said he’d choose Stephan or Trustee Doug Ulrich.

“They’re guys who understand their role as a trustee, as a steward of the residents, of the taxpayers,” Serwatka said.

There are six trustees in total, including Amy Fues Odom, Patrick Rexroat and Jason McMahon. Serwatka unsuccessfully tried to remove Rexroat and McMahon from the board in June.

The board also will enter executive session for a matter pertaining to hiring, firing or disciplining a village employee.

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