John Jeffreys has been tapped to serve as second-in-command to Amherst mayor-elect Mark Costilow.
He will be sworn in this January as safety-service director in charge of police, fire, utilities, and other day-to-day functions of the city.
A native of Sheffield Lake and 1974 graduate of Brookside High School, Jeffreys has lived in Amherst the past 25 years.
He is a 41-year employee of Watteredge Inc. in Avon Lake, where he worked as a production technician, supervisor, and purchasing manager. In 2008, he took over as general manager of the industrial hose and tubing product line.
Jeffreys was appointed in 2004 by mayor David Taylor to serve on the Amherst planning commission and is also an appointee to the zoning board of appeals.
At Taylor’s request, he took over in 2013 as chairman of the Amherst parks commission.
“John’s got very good ears and he’s a very good speaker. He knows how to talk to somebody but he also knows how to listen, and I find that very rare,” Costilow said of his selection.
Jeffreys is an excellent choice to step into the city office because he has supervisory experience and is able to express his thoughts clearly to workers.
The mayor-elect said he also chose someone who would bring his own ideas to the table and aggressively pursue them.
“I don’t want a yes man working with me,” Costilow said.
He vetted six total candidates for safety-service director — he declined to name runners-up — and said the final decision came down to availability.
While Jeffreys will continue to work a full-time job in the private sector, his schedule is flexible enough that he’ll be able to report to city hall during the workday on a regular basis.
Jeffreys will also, at least for the time being, retain his spots on planning, zoning, and parks boards.
An administrative swearing-in ceremony is being planned for Dec. 27 with Taylor presiding. A swearing-in before council will be arranged for early January.
Also, Jami Anderson will continue to serve as city hall secretary under Costilow’s administration. She has filled the position 12 years under Taylor.
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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times John Jeffreys takes part Wednesday in an Amherst planning commission meeting. He will step into the administrative side of city business as safety-service director in January.