Sewickley fills vacant Ward 2 council seat with Mullins

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 8:45 PM

Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffe had to make a tie-breaking vote to fill the Ward 2 council seat vacated by Thomas DeFazio, who had served on Sewickley Council for more than 10 years.

DeFazio resigned from his position last month. In a July 10 council meeting, 18-year Sewickley resident Cynthia Mullins was sworn in as a councilwoman.

She will serve out the remainder of DeFazio’s term, which expires at the end of December 2019.

Based on her background in banking and brokerage, Mullins said during the public interview period at the beginning of the meeting that she is used to working with budgets.

“In 2015 when I ran for council, I attended all the budget meetings, and I familiarized myself with the borough budget at that time,” she said.

Mullins has spent about five years on the Shade Tree Commission, during which time she helped rewrite Sewickley’s shade tree ordinance.

She stated later in the council meeting she hopes to continue serving on the Shade Tree Committee.

“Anybody that has worked with me will tell you that I will come prepared, and I will do the work,” Mullins said.

Four other residents applied for the vacant seat.

After narrowing their choices down to the two candidates, the eight council members split their votes in a 4-4 tie.

After his tie-breaking vote, Jeffe expressed gratitude to everyone who applied.

Having five applicants “is to be commended,” Jeffe said. “I have a soft spot in my heart for anybody who volunteers, so thank you very much.”

Sam Bojarski is a Tribune-Review staff writer.