"Adding new blood is not always a bad thing," Wolfe said.
Mike Ernst will be doing just that in Markleville after taking over for Gustin. His first meeting, like Wolfe's, will be in January. Ernst said his biggest concern right away is getting up to speed on the town's business.
He worked for the Boy Scouts before retiring this year and deciding to apply for the vacant seat. Willis called Ernst a "very community-minded person." Because Markleville is only one precinct, Willis got to make the call on Gustin's replacement himself. Ernst was also the only one to apply.
"I wanted to give back to the town," Ernst said on why he applied. "This town has given a lot to me, and I want to give back."
He said he doesn't want to have any sort of agenda as a member of the town council. He plans on examining every question by asking what they best option for the town is.
"I don't really plan on having a personal agenda," Ernst said. "I think they're always biased."
Both Ernst and Wolfe have their work cut out for them replacing long-serving members, but they are hoping to leave lasting marks for their own.
"This is an important time," Wolfe said. "We have a great town here, and we have to continue to improve it."
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