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Ploppert takes seat as Geneva library trustee

GENEVA – Former aldermanic candidate Zachary Ploppert was seated Thursday evening as the Geneva Public Library’s newest trustee.

“Welcome aboard,” Board President Esther Steel said after swearing him in.

Ploppert will serve until a two-year seat becomes open in the April 2015 election, officials have said.

He was one of six people who sought to fill the vacancy created by the June 26 resignation of Steve Andersson.

Andersson resigned to pursue his campaign for state representative in the Nov. 4 general election.

Andersson is seeking the seat of State Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, who is not seeking another term. Andersson won the Republican primary in March and is running unopposed.

The other applicants were Jennifer Bruggeman, Robert McQuillan, Ellen Fultz Schmid, Charles O. Ellenbaum and William Broderick.

The library board recently met in closed session with each of the applicants. Members Thursday did not elaborate on why Ploppert was their pick.

Ploppert is a fourth-grade teacher in Batavia and serves on the Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, Historic Preservation Commission and the Geneva Downtown Rezoning Work Group.

He has lived in Geneva 24 years and twice lost elections to serve as a 1st Ward alderman.

In his application, Ploppert said his goal is to work with the board, staff and public “to enhance library services and help keep the ... library current in the 21st century.”

Thursday’s agenda indicated Ploppert would be sworn in late in the meeting, but the board voted to move it to the beginning. As a result, he was able to participate in nearly all of the meeting, during which he was assigned to a committee to review closed minutes.

Trustee Travis Ketterman said it would be a good way for Ploppert to get caught up on the issues.

Steel agreed and noted she and Director Christine Lazaris would also meet with him.

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