Tillotson appointed to Reed City Council

REED CITY — Carol Tillotson is the newest member of the Reed City Council, following a 5-0 vote at the Dec. 16 meeting.

The appointment comes following the death of council member and mayor pro tem, Phil Rathbun, who passed away on Nov. 27. Council members took a moment of silence at the meeting to remember their friend and then discussed how they must have a new council member within 30 days.

According to council members, Tillotson had submitted a letter of interest for the vacancy, and trustee David Bisbee made a motion to appoint her, with a second by trustee Karen McKinney.

During discussion, trustee Dave Scharlow said he believes council should advertise the position and spread the word before an appointment takes place. When council members decided to go through with the vote appointing Tillotson, Scharlow threw his council packet at Reed City Clerk Jackie Beam, stormed out and did not return. It was the third time he has done so in the last year, according to city officials.

Tillotson said she is always interested in the city, the issues surrounding it and how to make the community a better place to live. Before her appointment, she also served on the Reed City Planning Commission.

"I'm just happy to be able to serve the city," she said. "I love Reed City."

She will serve Rathbun's remaining year of term before elections and will leave a vacant seat on the planning commission.

The council also appointed Roger Meinert to hold the title of mayor pro tem.