Creston has a new city councilman.
Rich Madison was appointed by the council Tuesday evening to fill their ward 2 vacancy. The ward 2 seat became open in July when Loyal Winborn — who accepted an IT director position at South Hamilton School District in Jewell — officially resigned.
Madison is no stranger to Creston City Council. He served on the council from January 2003 to December 2007. During that span, he was a council representative on cemetery, finance and library boards at various times.
“We have three new members on the council right now — all with one year on the council or less — so I felt we needed someone with experience. Rich has always had good judgement and is someone I feel will be an effective member,” said Creston Mayor Warren Woods.
Madison, 57, is currently a church administrator for Abundant Life Family Church in Creston. He worked for United States Postal Service for 35 years, retiring as postmaster in Afton in 2012.
Madison was one of six applicants vying for the open ward 2 seat. Woods selected Madison and the council unanimously approved the appointment Tuesday evening.
His first council meeting serving the ward will be Aug. 19.
Madison will serve the remainder of Winborn’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2015.