The Berkshire Township trustees have agreed to tap Mike Dattilo to fill the seat vacated by longtime Trustee Bob Carpenter.
Dattilo, who was just 13 votes shy of winning a seat on the board in November, will be sworn in Monday. He will serve for two years before he has to run for re-election in 2016 to serve the remaining two years of the term.
“There was no question he had the most experience,” Trustee Bill Holtry said.
A lifelong resident of the Sunbury area and a self-employed carpenter, Dattilo has served as the Trenton Township Zoning Inspector since 2002.
In addition to his experience with the township, support of residents also played a role in the decision, Holtry said. The township received more than a dozen letters in support of Dattilo, including one from Carpenter’s wife, Jacki.
He was selected over four other candidates: Rowland Smith, Rick Bowman, Susan Stanton and John Nicks.
Holtry credited Trustee Rod Myers for putting aside his differences with Dattilo from the November campaign for two open seats on the board. Myers and Dattilo were two of the four candidates running for the seats. Both were also on opposite sides of a referendum effort to stop an outlet mall from being built off the Interstate 71-U.S. 36-Ohio 37 interchange.
“Rod really stepped up and cooperated with us on this decision,” he said.
Myers said he was glad the decision was over, and did not need to be made by Delaware County Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth J. Spicer, who would have been charged with selecting someone to fill the seat if Myers and Holtry did not reach a consensus.
“In my mind I wasn’t going to let Judge Spicer pick who was going to work with us,” he said.
Myers also said he believes Dattilo was the best fit because of his involvement with the township.
“He knows the issues that are in front of our township for the next couple of years,” he said. “When it comes to the major issue of the Simon-Tanger outlet mall we’ve all got to agree on how that is going to end up.”
Datillo will fill the seat of Trustee Bob Carpenter, who passed away earlier this month after more than two decades of service to the township.