GRAFTON — Rick Logue was sworn in as the new Village Council representative for the 3rd Ward at the Tuesday evening Grafton Council meeting.
Logue said he feels nervous starting with such a daunting task of learning the ebb and flow of Council. He said he’d mostly look forward to just observing Council meetings and learning more of how Council operates before making any large moves for his ward.
Logue replaces late Council President John Lescher, who died the age of 71 due to complications of throat cancer March 6.
“I feel privileged to be taking John Lescher’s place, I hope to continue his legacy,” Logue said.
Mayor David DiVencenzo made the appointment at a special meeting April 4 after an executive session couldn’t decide on the five candidates vying for the seat.
Councilman Matt Dukles, representing the 1st Ward, was named Council president March 12. Dukles said he doesn’t have any new goals as Council president other than to take each day as it comes. The said he still misses Lescher, whom he felt close to.
“John was one of the reasons why I became interested in the Council position, and why I’m here today,” he said. “I just never figured I’d be sitting in his seat so soon.”
A resident of Grafton since 1975, Logue is a 1966 graduate of Elyria High School. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he has been post commander at Hinkson-Hysell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3341 in Grafton since 2016, after previously serving in that role from 2007 to 2010.
Logue was an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration in Oberlin from 1970 until 2002. He also has served on the village zoning board, the zoning board of appeals and the Grafton Village Fire Department.
Logue will serve for the next six months and is planning to run for election in November.