Marsh selected for City Council vacancy

The City Council unanimously chose Pam Marsh Tuesday to fill the council seat vacated by David Chapman, who resigned in October.

A former restaurant and inn owner who is the manager of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Marsh sits on the Ashland Planning Commission and has been involved in school, government and health issues.

Mayor John Stromberg said that Marsh is very well-qualified to fill the council seat.

"This is a recognition of a distinguished public career, and the fact that the council would choose you unanimously is a good sign," Stromberg told Marsh at the Tuesday meeting.

In her written application for the position, Marsh wrote, "Thoughtful leaders help us unify around our common values and negotiate pragmatic and collaborative solutions to challenges that come our way. Good government protects the well-being and dignity of our most vulnerable residents, while fostering an environment in which families and businesses are supported and flourish."

Council received applications from seven people with extensive government and community experience.

In addition to Marsh, the applicants were Tom Giordano, Lynn Thompson, Keith Haxton, Colin Swales, Eric Heesacker and Kevin Bernadt.

"We did get a very good slate of excellent people," said Councilor Dennis Slattery.

Council discussed holding a Dec. 3 meeting to interview applicants but decided it was ready to choose a replacement Tuesday night.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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