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Emily Graves to be new Ottawa city commissioner

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 6, 2015

OTTAWA — A hospital executive will become the city’s newest commissioner.  Emily Graves, Ransom Memorial Hospital’s director of materials management, was selected by city commissioners Monday night to fill a vacancy on the commission after they interviewed six candidates.  Commissioners will formally appoint her at Wednesday’s city meeting.  “While I have only lived in Ottawa for about eight years, I have grown up in the area my whole life,” Graves said. “I have always loved Ottawa, and I want it to be a successful community that remains young and vibrant without losing our history.”  She is on the board of Communities in Schools, president for the CASA board and a member of the Leadership Franklin County class.  “Since having my children, I have become dedicated to trying to better the community to make sure my children will want to stick around when they grow up,” she said. “I would love to see more family activities and to be the voice of young families in Ottawa.”  Mayor Mike Skidmore said the decision was a difficult one and commissioners worked until 9 p.m. to find a candidate everyone could agree on.  Graves was a good fit for the commission and she shares many of  the views commissioners have for the community’s future, he said.  Graves succeeds Sharon Geiss, who resigned in August to operated a bed and breakfast near Wellsville.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m.

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