NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) — Newton Falls filled its empty first ward chairperson seat.

During a special council meeting lasting about two hours, city council interviewed people who are interested during executive session.

Afterward, they made a motion to appoint Brian Kropp, who stepped down from council in 2021 after refusing to submit to a drug test. That vote failed. Bud Fetterolf was appointed during the next vote.

“The biggest thing is trying to get our finances sorted out. Newton Falls is blessed with a large group of senior citizens. If possible I’d like to get them activated, taking more of a part,” said Fetterolf.

Fetterolf will be officially voted in at the next Newton Falls city council meeting on Wednesday. He does not plan to run for re-election. His term will last until the November election.

Mayor Ken Kline said whoever wins the vote in November can take office immediately after winning the vote.