Westlake honors outgoing council members
Members and friends of Westlake City Council bade a fond farewell to three of their own at the legislative body’s final meeting of the year. President Michael Killeen, Ward 5 representative Ken Brady and Ward 1 representative Lynda Appel were recognized on Dec. 16 with proclamations from Mayor Dennis Clough and other accolades for their years of service before stepping down at the end of the year.
Killeen, who has served on Council since 1978 and as president since 1986, is its longest serving member. He was presented with a plaque from all councilmembers and the Westlake Council Chambers was dedicated in his name.
Brady, a councilman since 1992 and also a volunteer with the city’s Planning Commission and Charter Review Commission, was awarded a plaque from Ward 3 Councilman Dennis Sullivan naming the Council work room in his honor.
Appel, who has represented Ward 1 since 2014 and belongs to many local civic organizations, received a proclamation from the mayor and a plaque from Ward 4 Councilman Michael O’Donnell.
Former Westlake representatives, including current Cuyahoga County Councilmember Nan Baker, were also on hand to offer commendations to the departing public servants.
The incoming councilmembers, whose terms begin in January 2022, all ran unopposed for the vacated seats. Dave Greenspan, former state representative and Cuyahoga County Councilmember, will take over as president. Ward 1 will be represented by Duane Van Dyke and Ward 5 by Amy Green Havelka.
The new members will be sworn in before Westlake Council’s first organizational meeting on Jan. 3, 2022.