WOODMERE — Village Council unanimously appointed Tennyson Adams to the vacant council seat last week during a conference call meeting. He replaces Charles Smith who resigned on March 17.

Mr. Smith won his seat in the November 2019 election and resigned after less than three months on the job due to health issues. Mr. Smith also served as the mayor of Woodmere from 2010-2017.

Mr. Adams, 69, served on council from 2012-2019. He lost his re-election bid during the 2019 General Election in which eight candidates were vying for four seats.

“Tennyson will be a great councilman,” Mayor Ben Holbert said last week. “He has contributed for years on council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.” Mr. Adams had served as the council representative to the planning commission and as chairman of the Utilities Committee. He will assume those positions again, council member said during the April 8 meeting.

Council gave public notice of the vacancy and received two applications, Law Director Frank Consolo said on Friday. Because council members were familiar with the two applicants, no interviews were conducted, which is permitted by law.

Mr. Adams worked as a structural steel supervisor at Lake Building Products in Euclid but is now retired. He also served as a trustee at his church, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cleveland. He has lived in Woodmere since 2005.

Mr. Adams did not return calls from the Times. During his campaign last fall, he said that he would like to see more retail in the village while maintaining quality services for the residents. Mr. Adams said he wants to see an increase the village’s population.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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