Gilner appointed to vacant Tonganoxie City Council seat
On a night Tonganoxie City Council members agreed dialogue with USD 464 was needed regarding the consequences of a coming school bond issue, a longtime district educator was appointed to a vacant city council seat.
In his third such appointment since taking over his current position two months ago, Mayor Jason Ward appointed Andy Gilner to the seat vacant since Tom Putthoff resigned from the council last month. The new council member was sworn in Monday and participated in a late executive session.
Gilner has taught and coached in the Tonganoxie district for 31 years and is currently a psychology and American government teacher at Tonganoxie High School. He also has been active in community youth leagues, a preoccupation that prevented him from attending many past city council meetings, he said.
He no longer is a coach in the youth leagues, Gilner said, and his Mondays were free for the council.
“You’ve been a long time in the community, and that’s a good thing,” Councilwoman Paula Crook said.
Councilman Chris Donnelly, who was appointed in August to fill Ward’s council seat when he became mayor with the resignation of Mike Vestal, said he and Gilner did not always agree, but he welcomed the appointment and praised the new council member’s past contributions to the community.
Gilner’s term will expire in April 2013.