Kettering voter change to keep council seat vacant until November

Kettering City Councilman Rob Scott has submitted his resignation effective Tuesday to accept the job as Kettering Municipal clerk of courts, a post he was appointed to last week, records show. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Kettering City Councilman Rob Scott has submitted his resignation effective Tuesday to accept the job as Kettering Municipal clerk of courts, a post he was appointed to last week, records show. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

KETTERING – A voter-approved city charter change will keep a Kettering City Council seat vacant until November after an expected resignation Tuesday, officials said.

The 2016 ballot issue changing how city council vacancies are filled came into play after District 1 representative and attorney Rob Scott stepped down to accept the job of Kettering Municipal clerk of courts, a post he was appointed to last week, records show.

The council position that Scott, 38, has held for a decade will be on the ballot in November, remaining unfilled until after this fall’s election, Kettering and Montgomery County board of elections officials said Tuesday.

Rob Scott. FILE
Rob Scott. FILE

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Credit: Contributed

“The charter requires that an election take place no sooner than 120 days from resignation and that it can’t be a special election,” Kettering Community Information Manager Mary Azbill said in an email.

“So, the election for District 1 will take place in November…and the seat will remain vacant until the November election since the charter does not allow council to appoint someone until the election,” she added.

The charter states that when those election results are certified, “the elected successor shall take office immediately and shall serve for the balance of the unexpired term” which ends in 2023, according to elections officials.

Prior to the 2016 ballot issue, council appointed someone to fill vacancies, according to the board of elections.

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Scott, a Wright State University and University of Dayton graduate, was appointed Jan. 13 by the Montgomery County Republican Party to replace Andrea White for the court job with jurisdiction in Kettering, Centerville, Moraine and Washington Twp., county GOP Chairman Phil Plummer said.

Scott said he will begin work as clerk today and he plans to seek election in November to a six-year term.

White, who was elected clerk in 2003, stepped down last month after winning election in November as state representative for the 41st Ohio House district.

The salary for the clerk’s job was $107,265.80 in 2017, Kettering records show.

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Each Kettering City Council term normally begins Jan. 1 and no councilmember can hold another elected office, the charter states.

Scott won election as the city’s District 1 council representative in a three-person race in 2011 before running unopposed in 2015 and 2019, elections records show. District 1 includes much of the city’s northeast section, according to records. An attorney, Scott was deputy state director for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and later appointed regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region V.

The charter requires that Kettering council candidates must have lived in the city for at least one year immediately prior to filing a petition with the county board of elections.

The deadline to file petitions for the council seat is Aug. 19, elections officials said. Annual compensation for each of Kettering’s six city council seats is $9,294.08, records show.

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