The Lakewood Village Board has appointed J. Carl Davis as interim president.
At a special meeting Friday night at the RedTail Golf Club, Trustee Jason McMahon motioned to have Davis appointed president after the abrupt exit of Paul Serwatka. Trustee Patrick Rexroat seconded McMahon’s motion, and the board unanimously voted to award the presidency to Davis.
Serwatka resigned from his position Tuesday. Davis, who has served on the board for more than two decades, will serve the rest of Serwatka’s term until a new president is elected in the spring.
In a statement after his appointment, Davis quoted World Series champion and legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll find you’ll probably wind up someplace else,” Davis said. “And one thing that I think that we have lacked as trustees is a real sense of direction, so I’d like to work on that over the next couple of meetings.”
Resident William Moll said he is optimistic about Davis’ new role as president.
“He’s a very solid citizen,” said Moll, 87. He has lived in Lakewood for 33 years. “He believes in fair play, and I think he’ll do his best to make sure the board is effective without rancor.”
Serwatka, 50, resigned after months of speculation. He recently moved his family to northern Alabama.
“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.”
After trustees appointed Davis, the board entered executive session for a matter pertaining to hiring, firing or disciplining a village employee. The board took no action and adjourned.