Eight vie for vacant council seat

FOLLANSBEE – Five remaining Follansbee City Council members will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to evaluate the resumes of eight residents seeking to replace Councilman James Andreozzi, whose term as Brooke County’s newest commissioner began Tuesday.

Follansbee’s council is composed of six members, one from each of the city’s five wards and a sixth at large member who represents the entire city.

Andreozzi had been serving as the at large member, and City Manager John DeStefano said he is pleased the slate of applicants is truly representative of the community.

“The unique thing about the applications is that there is someone from every ward. It’s nice that we got that kind of interest,” he said.

According to DeStefano, Paul Arthurs of Gilbert Avenue, John Casinelli of Virginia Avenue, Charles “Chuck” Cline of Highland Hills Drive, Vito “Skip” Cutrone of Rose Street, Kevin Diserio of Donegal Drive West, Dominick Micucci of Robin Hood Lane, Jim Mirasola of Shady Lane and Art Quattrochi of Mahan Avenue all submitted letters expressing interest in serving the rest of Andreozzi’s term, which ends June 30.

Most of the applicants have some experience with city government, DeStefano noted.

Casinelli and Mirasola each have served on council in the past, and Mirasola held the post of city clerk for many years. Diserio was DeStefano’s predecessor as city manager, Quattrochi has been a building inspector and Micucci is a current member of the Follansbee Water Board.

DeStefano said the selection process is entirely up to council members, and he’s not sure whether any of the applicants plans to address them during the special meeting.

Council may make a decision that evening, he said, or wait until council’s Jan. 14 meeting to announce its selection.

Andreozzi departs from council after defeating incumbent Commissioner Marty Bartz by about 40 votes in May’s Democrat primary and running unopposed in November’s general election. He has served on council since July 1, 2005, and won a fourth consecutive two-year term in 2011.

Andreozzi also served as Brooke County’s dog warden before resigning from that position in 2010.