Stephanie Snow Werren is the new North Canton city council member representing Ward 3.
City Council voted 5-0 Wednesday evening to appoint Stephanie Snow Werren the new Ward 3 councilwoman.
City Law Director Tim Fox, who had resigned from the seat last month to apply for his current position, immediately swore in Werren after the vote. Werren, who was one of seven applicants for the position, will serve the remainder of Fox’s original two-year term, which ends around December 2013. She has committed to running next year to be elected to a fresh two-year term. The part-time position pays $4,800 a year.
“My hands are sweaty,” said Werren, the development director of Leadership Stark County since 2005, who added that she planned to focus on learning more about council and she did not yet have a specific agenda. “I am honored and I am glad to serve, and I’m excited.”
Council President Jon Snyder, Ward 4, said council members reached a consensus on Werren during an executive session Monday.
“I like the fact she’s young,” he said. “She brings a diversity to council. I was impressed with her ambition. ... She’s active in the community. She’s active in the schools.”
Councilwoman Marcia Kiesling, At-Large, said she and Werren went to elementary school, middle school and high school together.
She said she liked Werren’s personality, her involvement as president of the Monticello homeowners association and her role at Leadership Stark County.
“We’re just excited to have a candidate with a great résumé,” said Kiesling.
“She’s a very enthusiastic person,” said Councilman Dan Griffith, At-Large. “I know she’ll be responsive to the residents.”
Werren, 43, the daughter of Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh attorney and partner Randy Snow, was born and raised in Canton. She graduated from McKinley High School in 1987, Miami University in 1991 and got an MBA from Malone University in 1999. She went on to become a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly and a substitute teacher for Canton City Schools between 2003 and 2005.
Werren said before she returned to Stark County, she lived in Chicago for four years and Honolulu for a year.
The mother of 14-year-old triplets, two daughters and a son, Werren is married to former Day Ketterer attorney Curt Werren, the CEO of the American Red Cross Stark County Regional Chapter.
Councilmember Mark Cerreta, at-Large, was not present for the vote.