Wood Village City Council approves new member
After a seat on the Wood Village City Council sat vacant for five months, Brian Loy took to the dais for the first time on Thursday evening, May 16.
Councilors briefly interviewed Loy before voting 4-0 to appoint him as the city's fifth councilor.
While Loy sat with the other councilors discussing city issues on Thursday, he couldn't vote because he wasn't officially sworn in. He will pledge into office at the council's next meeting on Tuesday, May 28, at Wood Village City Hall, 2055 N.E. 238th Drive.
During his brief interview, councilors asked Loy what his vision of Wood Village will be in 10 years.
He responded that he would like to see the city gain a positive reputation.
"You mention Wood Village, and people don't know where it is," Loy said. "I would like that to not be the case in 10 years."
He wanted to become a councilor as a way give back to his community.
"I love Wood Village," Loy said in his application letter. "I brought my blended family of six here in 2016 because we loved the community and (sought an) opportunity to feel at home in a place located so centrally to our lives. I have always loved local government ... and have been looking for the right way to get involved in Wood Village."
The new councilor fills a seat vacated by former Wood Village Mayor Tim Clark, who stepped down for health reasons at the start of the year. In Wood Village, the mayor is selected by serving councilors every two years.
Councilors selected former council president Scott Harden as mayor.
Loy is the chief financial officer and chief information officer of Mallory Safety and Supply. The company supplies protective fire gear for fire departments.
He believes his private sector experience will translate well to government service.
"My business acumen accompanied with my drive and persistence is probably best suited for a City Council where ideas are shared, built-up, inspected, revised, re-shared and hopefully implemented," he continued in his application letter. "I can play the role of optimist, protagonist, skeptic, visionary and pragmatist well."