A lifelong City of Batavia resident who says he only wants the best for the community is ready to fill the vacant seat on City Council.
“I am looking forward to this because I love the city,” Rich Richmond said this morning when asked about his selection by the City Republican Committee to replace Council member-at-large Jeremy Karas, who resigned at the end of January. “We’ve got good people living here.”
Richmond, 66, (photo at right), reported that he is expected to be appointed prior to Monday’s City Council Conference Meeting at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Council Board Room.
If that does happen, he would serve until an election in November and, if he wins in November, would serve out the remaining time in that term.
The City GOP chair, Richmond said a Republican committee of 24 people met earlier this week at the Old County Courthouse to interview three candidates and vote on Karas’ replacement.
“I recused myself from running that meeting,” he said. “The three of us were there to answer as many questions as the committee had.”
With his selection, Richmond said he would give up his position on the Genesee County Planning Board (he’s been a member of that committee for four years), but would continue on as City Republican chair.
“My experience on the planning board will be a plus, having dealt with zoning issues and related items, but I’ve got a lot of catching up to do regarding city codes,” he said “I am also familiar with budgets as a member of the Godfrey’s Pond board of directors.”
About eight years ago, Richmond ran for a Ward seat on City Council but lost by 11 votes.