Tal Adair joins County Council
Tal Adair had been briefed prior to Monday morning’s meeting that he would be chosen as the fifth member of the Summit County Council.
Adair spent several hours over the weekend with former council member Dave Ure sifting through documents to begin the arduous learning process. They told him so he would be ready to take his seat at the table and participate in the budget discussions that morning, Adair said.
"I knew what was going on," Adair said. "I already started going through the huge stack of papers Dave handed over so we are in that learning curve and I’m sure it will be endless, but we are ready to take on the challenge."
During a special meeting Monday morning at the Sheldon Richins Building, the council unanimously agreed to accept the Summit County Central Republican Committee’s recommended appointee, Adair, to fill Council Seat B and replace Dave Ure. There was no public discussion, however, a closed session was held on the issue before the meeting.
Last week, Adair and co-candidates ron Ames and Seth Winterton appeared before more than 30 members of the party’s Central Committee. Adair’s name was selected and forwarded to the County Council on Friday. Council members had five days to accept or reject the nomination.
Kim Carson, County Council chair, said the council didn’t have "much of a say or choice in the matter."
"We are offered one name and we can either accept or reject that person. If we reject them then the governor decides anyway so we wouldn’t have had any say in that either," Carson said. "Dave Ure felt very comfortable with Tal, but I don’t think of any of us knew him very well."
Carson attended the Central Committee meeting last week as an observer and listened to the presentations from each of the candidates.
"I felt like all of them had their strengths so we were just willing to accept the party’s appointee," Carson said. "Reading through his resume he has a broad amount of experience, which is beneficial, and we look forward to just bringing him up to speed. I think we are going into it very optimistically and that he will be a great council member. We will do whatever we can to support him."
Adair, 51, of Francis, will be the only the only Republican and East Side representative on the council, an important distinction, Carson said.
"I feel all of us have our ability to represent the East Side, that is our charge to represent the entire county, but I do think the people of the East Side would be really feel short-changed if they did not have a single representative and that would be reflected in any work that we did with them," Carson said.
Adair was sworn into office Monday, while his wife Desirae, sat in the audience. He then took his seat next to Roger Armstrong and the other council members, Chris Robinson and Claudia McMullin. Several departments presented their budget requests for FY 2016. The council is in the middle of the budget process. The budget must be adopted on or before Dec. 31.
As a full-time employee, Adair is immediately eligible for benefits and will receive an annual salary of $31,447.46. The appointment will expire Dec. 31, 2016. Adair will remain the county’s Republican Party chair until the Central Committee selects a successor.
Looking ahead and considering everything that will accompany the job, Adair said he is ready for it, including the criticism.
"It comes with the job and I knew that going into it," Adair said. "I have the time and I have the background to look through all of the issues. I really want to represent all of Summit County so that we are working together and working with the rest of the council to make good decisions. It is going to be a lot of fun getting to know the rest of the council and getting to know all of Summit County. A lot of fun things will happen over the next several months."
The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 2. To view the agenda when it becomes available, go to http://summitcounty.org/agendacenter.
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