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Hudson City Council appoints new member

By M.A. Ferguson-Rich correspondent

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Hudson City Council. Council has set a full agenda for its workshop on Tuesday. (M.A. Ferguson-Rich/

HUDSON: Keith W. Smith has been appointed to complete the term of retired council member John Jeffers, and will serve for the remainder of 2013.

Smith is a seven-year resident of the city.

He is a certified financial planner for the Western Reserve Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and formerly worked in golf course management. A Kent State graduate, with a degree in Human Movement Studies, Smith also has an M.S. in Agronomy and Turf Management from Rutgers.

Currently Smith serves on the Hudson Economic Growth Board, and the Golf Advisory Board. He is a member of the Leadership Hudson steering committee.

Smith stated in his application that, "it is the long term plan of both my family and my business to continue to be located in Hudson for the next 20-plus years. As such, both my wife and I feel it is important to take an active role in the community we live in."

Council President David Basil stated at the special meeting on Tuesday, that council had received applications from "four excellent candidates with a sincere desire to serve."

Also applying were Dean E. Rolland, an 11-year resident; Ryan Beam, a 15-year resident; and Rafael McLaughlin, a 4-year resident.