Harold “Gene” Hartman has been selected by Wellington village council to serve out the term of former member Hans Schneider, who became mayor.
Hartman, who will step in for the remaining two years of Schneider’s elected term, was sworn in Monday prior to the first council meeting of 2016.
A Wellington native, Hartman graduated from Wellington High School in 1973. He attended Bowling Green State University and graduated in 1977 with a degree in business management and marketing.
Hartman relocated to San Diego, Calif., working to provide affordable health care to uninsured and underinsured individuals.
He has been back in Wellington since last May, when he took a senior business manager position with University Hospitals.
“I have spent the last 18 months ‘catching up,’” Hartman’s formal application for the position stated. That time has been spent delving into issues involving the Wellington Schools, the village’s solar field project, and new electric substation.
“Wellington is the only place that I can truly call home,” he wrote. “It’s where my family and friends reside. It’s where my childhood memories exist. I am driven to give back to this community which has given so much to me. I believe public service is the best way for me to do that.”
“I’m excited to have him as part of council,” Schneider said. “I think he’ll bring a different approach, different ideas. I think he’s going to bring a lot to the table.”
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