Sue Kiesewetter reports:
A small business owner has been tapped to join the Liberty Township Board of Trustees.
Thomas P. Farrell was named trustee Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Patrick Hiltman, who resigned his seat last month. Farrell was selected from a field of 13 who submitted letters of interest and resumes.
He will serve through Dec. 31, unless he runs for and wins the seat in the Nov. 5 election. Farrell said he plans to take out petitions for that race early next week.
“I want to give back to the community. It’s an exciting time to be living in Liberty Township,’’ Farrell said.
Trustee President Christine Matacic said the decision of who to name trustee was tough because of the quality of those who applied. Farrell, she said, was involved with the community even before he was appointed to the Zoning Commission nearly 10 years ago.
“We have someone who has extensive background with the community,” Matacic said. “He sits on several boards. When it comes to money – he treats those dollars like they were his own.”
Farrell is the owner and president of Alternative Computer Technology in West Chester Township. Besides serving on the Zoning Commission, he sits on the board of Fenwick High School and the Atrium Medical Center Foundation.
“Tom’s business background and commitment to the Liberty Township community is impressive,’’ said Trustee David Kern. “I’m confident we have selected someone who will leave a positive impact on the community.”
A 14-year resident of the township, Farrell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree from Harris University of Florida.
He lives in the Four Bridges subdivision with wife Kim; and three children, Chelsea, a sophomore at Hillsdale College in Michigan; Brady, a senior at Fenwick High School; and Kyle, a sophomore at Fenwick.