Sunbury mayor and council to decide who fills vacant seat

Feb. 13—SUNBURY — Mayor Josh Brosious and City Council will decide who they want to replace former Councilman Ric Reichner after public interviews were held Monday night.

Reichner, who is a lifelong resident of Sunbury and was first elected to office in 2013, announced at a January meeting he was resigning.

Reichner won reelection in 2017 and 2021.

On Monday, Brosious and City Council interviewed Nate Savidge, Allen Bubb, Lindie Lloyd, Jerome Alex and Ian Marshall who all applied for seat that has less than two years remaining.

Savidge said he was interested in the seat because he loves Sunbury.

"We have had people leave here and come back, and I am one of them," he said. "I love this city and I have thought about running for a seat on council before but the timing just wasn't right."

Alex said he has been in Sunbury his whole life and even though he recently won his election for city controller, he had interest in the seat once Reichner gave his notice.

"I didn't run this past election for the seat because we had qualified candidates," he said.

Marshall said he has also expressed interest in serving the residents.

"This is something that has crossed my mind and when I saw this I wanted to interview for the open seat," he said.

Marshall said he has been paying attention to city affairs and believes there are many positives things happening.

"I am seeing the city advertise many different events," he said. "This is the start of changing the image we have."

Lloyd said she also thought about serving the city, but the timing for her was also not the best.

"I fully supported candidates last fall so I didn't want to throw my name in at that time," she said.

"I have been actively involved in the city with various events for the past 10 years and I want to continue to be part of making the city better."

All candidates said they want to work with the current board.

"Each of you bring something different to the table," Savidge said. "I think I can bring a new look at things and also be open to listen to ideas and even merge things together to do what is in the best interests of our residents."

Bubb agreed.

"I want to help move the city forward," he said. "I think we need to start a downtown committee in order to get some of these empty storefronts filled, and I want to be a part of that."

Councilman Jim Eister thanked everyone for coming and said he enjoyed hearing from all five.

"I wish we could find a spot for all of you," he said. "Even if it's on a committee, all of you did a great job and I love to hear how positive each of you are about Sunbury."

Brosious said council will meet in an executive session and they will announce their choice at the next council meeting on Feb. 26 at 6:15 p.m. inside City Hall, on Market Street.