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REMINDERVILLE -- While he might be the new guy on Reminderville Village Council, Ernest Petrovich is not a stranger to the village or public service.
Petrovich, who lives on Tradewinds Cove, has been tapped to fill the unexpired term of Mario Molina, who was hired as the new director of operations for Reminderville in February. The term for the seat lasts through Dec. 31, 2019. Petrovich, selected by Village Council, was sworn in Feb. 21.
A former Northfield Village resident, Petrovich moved to Reminderville in 1994. He retired from Precision Gear in Twinsburg in 2008.
"As time passed, I realized I needed to find something to do," he said.
Petrovich was appointed to the finance committee in Reminderville, a position he still holds, and served on the Civil Service commission until recently joining Village Council.
"I bring many years of experience in working with the public," he said. "I've been in sales most of my life. When I heard Mr. Molina was leaving, I saw an opportunity to serve my community in a greater capacity."
Petrovich said his goals on Council include supporting programs and initiatives that benefit all ages.
"I would like to work with Council and the mayor in keeping the community a fun and safe place to live, no matter what your age," he said.
Petrovich said the position "is still new to him" and he will need to learn more before he decides whether to run for a full term in 2019.
"I'm not ruling it out, but I'm not saying yes or no at this point," he said.
Mayor Sam Alonso said he was pleased to see Petrovich join Council.
"I've known Ernie for most of my elected time," Alonso said. "He's a good, community-minded person. He is dedicated to making sure the village remains solvent and on the correct path. He's a good addition to Council, everybody knows him.
Petrovich has been married to his wife, Carolyn, for 50 years, and has a son and two teenaged granddaughters. He attended The Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent State University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Reminderville Village Councilors serve in an at-large capacity and make $600 per month.
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