Miamisburg City Council on Thursday night voted to appoint Steve Beachler its newest council member.
“What he possessed, as all candidates did, was their their love for the community that they live in and their desire to see it continue to thrive and move forward the way it has in the past years,” said Mayor Michelle Collins. “He particularly brought to us years of public service.”
Beachler, a retired Montgomery County Engineer’s Office surveyor, has served on Miamisburg Planning Commission as a citizen volunteer since 2019, Collins said.
Since 2002, he has been a member of Ohio Task Force One’s FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team. From 1976 to 2011, Beachler served as a Miamisburg Fire Department reserve firefighter.
He replaces councilman Greg Thompson, who served more than 10 years in a position that represents all residents.
Beachler earned an associate’s degree in engineering science from Sinclair Community College in 1978 and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Capital University in 1995.
He said he has been a Miamisburg resident “off and on for 40 years” and is “very pleased” that council members unanimously chose him for the role.
“I’ve been a resident of Miamisburg for a very long time and I grew up here, graduated from high school,” he said. “This is home and I’ve always served the public in some capacity, one way or the other ... and just felt like stepping up and just to continue to work to make the city a better place.”
Beachler will be sworn in at Miamisburg City Council’s Oct. 4 meeting.
His application was among 11 considered for the vacant seat, Collins said.
“His knowledge of past public service really stood out and, again, his desire to see the community thrive in the way that it has,” she said. “I can’t tell you that brought him to the top of the list because they all felt that way and I, as mayor, did not envy council for having to choose one of 11, because all 11 were qualified.
“We really hope that they the other 10 step up and choose to serve in some other capacity, because the city can only benefit from them,” Collins said.