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Milton council appoints Hookham as its newest member

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GINA R. HEINE
June 12, 2009
— Fred Hookham said he brings no agenda to the Milton City Council, but wants to help lead the city on the best possible path on a variety of big issues in the coming years.

The City Council interviewed five candidates Thursday night, then voted 4-1 to appoint Hookham to fill the board’s vacancy created by Tom Chesmore’s election as mayor.


Hookham, 60, 47 W. Madison Ave., said he’s been attending quite a few council meetings because he wanted to be an intelligent voter and wanted to see how his representatives were voting.


“There are a lot of things the city is currently doing that I find interesting, and a lot of them they’re involved with are very important to the long-range future of the city,” he said.


Hookham, a real estate agent, ran unsuccessfully for Milton School Board in 2008. He will be sworn in at Tuesday’s council meeting.


The other candidates were Edward Chady, 123 Forest Lake Drive; Doug Krueger, 427 Elm St.; Jeremy Hoff, 734 Ansley Ave., and Silvia Donday-Selenske, 626 E. High St.


Alderwoman Maxine Striegl voted for Chady, while the rest of the council voted for Hookham. Each applicant answered 10 questions, then council members voted on ballots without discussion, Chesmore said.


All five applicants were “very qualified people,” with some resumes that were almost intimidating, Chesmore said.


“I am very happy,” Chesmore said.


“I commented a couple times how impressed I was with the quality of people we had come forward. I encouraged them all to stay involved in the city.”



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