An Enon native who returned to the village was sworn in Friday morning to a council seat left vacant by the death of Lew Arnold
Brenda C. Sweet said she will focus much of her effort on public safety.
Sweet, who’s also a trustee for the Enon Historical Society, was sworn in by Mayor Tim Howard before family, a current council member and village staff during a brief ceremony at the village offices.
“I’ve been really big on public safety and emergency planning because of my own background,” Sweet said, who was a police officer in California where she lived for 33 years before returning to Enon.
She’ll also focus on the protection of Enon’s water supply and safety at Enon schools, she said.
Sweet was active in the update of Enon’s Strategic Plan, and said she’ll work to keep that initiative moving forward.
“Finding ways to increase community pride and maintaining hometown qualities along with maintaining the parks and their safety are also very important to me,” she wrote in her letter of intent.
Howard said that Ohio Revised Code allows 30 days for council to make an appointment to a vacant seat and, because of Arnold’s unexpected death and time constraints for council, it came down to a mayoral appointment.
He consulted with council members on the six applications the village received before ultimately appointing Sweet, he said. The term expires Dec. 31.
Arnold, 66, died March 22 from complications from surgery in California.
Reporter Mark McGregor is dedicated to bringing you the latest in Enon news. For a year he followed updates to the Enon Strategic Plan and traveled with village officials twice to Columbus to hear what Ohio State University civic planning students’ recommended for the village’s future.