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Mayfield Heights City Council Vacancy Interviews Underway

Council interviewed the first two of six candidates earlier this week

Mayfield City Council members interviewed two candidates this week for the vacant seat the city will soon fill.

Council interviewed Realtor Susan Sabetta and Mike Ballistrea, the manager of Hillcrest Hospital's Nuclear Medicine and PET Imaging department, following the regular council meeting Monday, according to a Sun News report. The candidates have lived in the city for 32 and 33 years, respectively.

The candidates are among a pool of six vying to hold the seat until December 31. Council will make an appointment to fill the vacancy before March 18. Because this unexpired term runs through December 31, 2015, an election to fill the vacancy must be held at the next municipal election on November 5, according to the Charter of the City of Mayfield Heights.

Council interviewed the applicants for 20 minutes each.

Ballistrea served on council from 1998 to 2008 and was council president from 2006 to 2011. Sabetta's family has lived in the city for four generations.

The other applicants — Wayne Farinacci, Marty Kelbel, Jeff Likover and Benjamin Stocum — will be interviewed in the near future.

The vacancy on Council was created when Council President Anthony DiCicco became city mayor after the previous mayor, Gregory Costabile, who resigned in a plea agreement with Cuyahoga County prosecutors in response to an investigation on the money he received from two firms who did business with the city. 

Karen Smart February 27, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Council will elect Ballistrea. It's their ongoing agenda. It's their circle of friends. They are too dim to get anyone fresh on council. Just "yes" people and their own little pitiful circle of friends. Worst city government council ever.
Common Sense Citizen February 28, 2013 at 03:18 AM
It would certainly be the "path of least resistance" to choose Mr. Ballistrea. I would love to see Council take an open-minded, objective approach to evaluating each candidate based on their ideas, passion for the city and unique qualifications. Previous experience in city government is not a core requirement; forward-looking ideas and a non-partisan spirit of collaboration are. I know two of the potential candidates and both would be excellent additions to Council. Let's hope everyone takes the high road and stops replicating the past. It's time for new energy and a breath of fresh air on City Council.
Susan March 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I would love to see the Council go forward with a new passion for the city and not backward to an old hat. Those on Council need to make a proud stand for the residents who elected them.
Jackie March 14, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Sabetta is energetic committed and smart
Charlotte Mirabile March 15, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Susan Sabetta would bring a fresh awakening, a strong endurance of commitment and an abundance of knowledge to the Council table. Susan is change we can believe in. Go for growth
B Colage March 15, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Susan Sabetta is genuinely concerned about the issues that face her community as well as the well being of her neighbors. She is conscientious in character, committed to her work, and consistent with her efforts. Susan would be a valuable voice and addition to Mayfield Hts. City Council.

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