Katherine Golub considered to fill Precinct 1 council vacancy in Greenfield


Staff Writer
Published: 6/8/2022 4:43:40 PM
Modified: 6/8/2022 4:41:32 PM

GREENFIELD — Councilors will vote week next on whether to appoint resident Katherine Golub to fill the City Council vacancy left by the departure of former Precinct 1 Councilor Ed Jarvis.

Golub’s appointment was supported by a majority vote at the Committee Chairs meeting on Tuesday. The full council is expected to consider the appointment at its June 15 meeting, at which time — if she receives a two-thirds majority vote — Golub will also be sworn in.

Golub was among two candidates to put her name forward for consideration, according to City Council President Sheila Gilmour. Resident David Lanoie also submitted a letter of interest.

“Both candidates are positive candidates, from reading what they have submitted,” commented Precinct 2 Councilor Dan Guin.

According to her letter of interest, Golub is a leadership and business coach who works with civic and nonprofit leaders. She has a master’s degree in business administration and has participated in trainings in leadership development, group dynamics and business development. Golub has lived in Greenfield for about 10 years.

“I think it’s important to have new blood on the council,” said Precinct 4 Councilor John Bottomley. “I think she would … bring a lot to the council.”

Precinct 3 Councilor Virginia “Ginny” DeSorgher also was in favor of Golub as a candidate to put forward.

“I think she’s got a lot of experience working with people,” she said. “She brings a lot of compassion, and I think she’ll add a lot of harmony to our board.”

The need to appoint a new councilor follows Jarvis’ decision in April to resign from the role, which went into effect May 31.

In an email to Gilmour and the City Clerk’s Office, Jarvis said that after “months of consideration,” he’s chosen to find a healthy balance between family, work and City Council.

With his resignation, he also stepped down as the council’s representation on the Fire Station Building Committee. Gilmour said Precinct 9 Councilor Derek Helie has been appointed to fill the role.

According to the Greenfield city charter, “the council president, with the advice of the committee chairs, may fill (a vacancy) by appointing a person residing in that precinct … subject to a two-thirds vote of the councilors present, to serve until the next annual city election, at which time a person shall be elected to fill the unexpired term.”

The next city election will be held in November 2023.

City Council is set to meet on June 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center.

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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