Judge Thomas Swift said he reviewed 18 applications before making his decision.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A former Hubbard High School wrestling coach has been named to the Hubbard City Board of Education.
Trumbull County Probate Judge Thomas Swift appointed Donald E. Newell of County Line Road to the board Wednesday.
Newell, who owns Repair That Glass, an automobile glass repair business in Hubbard, will fill the unexpired term of Patrick Clemente, who resigned March 12.
The term expires Dec. 31.
Board couldn't decide: The judge was asked by the board last month to make the appointment after board members were unable to reach a decision. According to state law, if the board cannot make an appointment the county probate judge is asked to choose a person to fill the vacancy.
"I am thrilled," said Newell, who retired as the district's high school wrestling coach two years ago. "I plan to run for the seat in November but being appointed helps me get my feet wet."
Judge Swift said he reviewed 18 applications and chose Newell because of Newell's community involvement.
"Mr. Newell has got quite a history of community service plus he, his wife and three children all graduated from Hubbard," Judge Swift said. "Mr. Newell is also familiar with the system and has asked to serve. I think he will do a great job."
Judge Swift noted that all of the applicants were qualified.
"I have to honestly say that I have made appointments before but this group has been the most highly qualified group of applicants that I have seen," Judge Swift said. "Most were Hubbard graduates and active in the community. I would have felt comfortable appointing anyone of them. It was a very difficult decision."
Judy Montgomery, president of the board, said she is "pleased" with the judge's decision.
"I believe Don will do a great job," Montgomery said. "Don has a lot of background. He is in business here and he knows a lot of people. Plus, Don has always been a positive person and I think he will be a good addition to our board."