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ONTARIO — Ontario city council was a bit smaller than usual during its first meeting of 2020, following resignations from two members last month. 

Mark Weidemyre, third ward council member, announced his retirement at the Dec. 4 meeting; Larry Arnold, council member at large, announced his resignation at the Dec. 18 meeting. 

Since both men were elected as Republicans, the central committee of the Richland County Republican Party is in charge of appointing members to fulfill the duration of their respective terms. Arnold’s seat will be up for re-election in November 2021, Weidemyre’s in November 2023.

According to Bob Entenmann, chair of the central committee, the appointments will be made by the three committee members: Zoi Romanchuk, Shane Zimmerman and Neil Chitwood.

Romanchuk, who is heading up the subcommittee for Ontario, set a meeting for Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Waterford at Mansfield. Interviews with the candidates will be held in private session, but the vote will be open to the public.

"So far, four people have expressed interest. We’ve received resumes from two so far and we’re still waiting on the other two,” said Romanchuk on Friday morning. 

She added that the candidates have been good prospects so far.

“It's going to be a tough decision,” she said.

Romanchuk added that an official posting for the position will go up this week on the committee's website.

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