Sarah Compo Selected For Watertown City CouncilPosted: Updated:
City lawmakers have selected Sarah Compo to fill the open Watertown City Council seat.
Compo works as Chief of Staff for State Senator Patty Ritchie. Before working for the senator - she was journalist at 7 News.
Saturday morning, it was announced Compo was chosen to fill the open seat on council. Nearly 20 other people expressed interest in the position left vacant by Mark Walczyk, who was elected to the State Assembly. City lawmakers say the decision wasn't easy..
"We really believed in giving everybody the chance to speak and explain why they should be considered, Council Member Lisa Ruggiero said.
"I am grateful to soon have the opportunity to serve the City of Watertown as a member of Council and look forward to working alongside its current members—as well as residents—to make our City a better place," Compo said in a statement Saturday.
Council members say they picked Compo because of her background and experience..
"She's intelligent, well credentialed, she's a known commodity here throughout the city, she's from Watertown, comes from a good family," Mayor Joe Butler said.
"She's been handling constituents for 5 or 6 years in the Senator's office. I think that is an important skill to bring to elected office," Council Member Cody Horbacz said.
The council also wanted wanted a new member that was that was knew about and was on the page when it came to city projects. For Council member, Ryan Henry-Wilkinson - he wanted a candidate who was on board with the pool in Thompson Park.
"It was important to me for an individual to replace now Assemblyman Mark Walczyk that we chose someone who was going to feel as passionate about the pool as he did," Henry-Wilkinson said.
Council member Ruggiero said she liked the fact that Compo runs a business.
"I think that kind of adds a little bit into it, because I think she has a different appreciation of how to operate a business and how that can translate into helping businesses in the city," Ruggiero said.
The seat Compo is filling will be up for election this November. Multiple council members told us Compo expressed interest in running for a four-year term, however they say that played no role in the decision to choose her.
City Council plans to make Compo's appointment official at Monday's Watertown City Council Meeting at 7 p.m.
Here is Sarah Compo's full statement.
I am grateful to soon have the opportunity to serve the City of Watertown as a member of Council and look forward to working alongside its current members—as well as residents—to make our City a better place.
I know this decision was not an easy one for the current Council to make, and I appreciate the time and effort they put into the selection process. The number of qualified candidates speaks volumes about our City, the talents of its residents and their willingness to share them in an effort to make a difference in Watertown’s future.
Watertown is my home—and a place that has tremendous potential to grow and improve for the individuals and families who live here. I am humbled to have this opportunity, thank Council for the faith they have placed in me and look forward to serving our City.