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Patricia Paruch Sworn in, Fills Royal Oak City Commission Vacancy

Former Mayor Patricia Paruch Sworn in, Fills Royal Oak City Commission Vacancyroyal_services

(Judy Davids, City of Royal Oak, Nov. 14, 2014)

The Royal Oak City Commission voted unanimously at its Monday meeting  to appoint Patricia Paruch to fill a vacancy left when Commissioner Peggy Goodwin resigned in October. Goodwin, who served almost three years of her four-year term, relinquished her chair at the table for personal and professional reasons.

Following the vote, Paruch was immediately sworn into office by Mayor Jim Ellison.

A 14-year veteran of the city commission, Paruch was previously the Mayor of the City of Royal Oak Ferndale 115_FFL(1989-1993), a city commissioner (1979-1989) and mayor pro-tem for two years. During her terms of office, she was described by her colleagues as “fair” and someone who “emphasized strong neighborhoods.”

Paruch also served as a member of the Royal Oak Planning Commission from 1979 to 1993.

“Pat has a long history of service to Royal Oak,” said Ellison. “As a former elected official, she brings a lot of valuable experience to the commission. We know she will work hard for our citizens.”

Paruch graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Detroit (1972) and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University (1992). A shareholder at the Kemp Klein Law Firm in Troy, her practice areas include municipal and environmental law.

“The timing is right to make this one-year commitment,” said Paruch, who is edging toward retirement in her seed013_larry_and_monica_millslaw career. “I understand how comfortable it can be for the other commissioners to have someone who has been at the table before. If I can be helpful, I am glad to do it.”

Paruch does not plan on running for city commission in 2015, she said.

Under Royal Oak’s charter, the process used for filling a commission vacancy is entirely at the discretion of the city commission. The last time a vacancy was filled was in 2013 when then-Mayor Pro-Tem Patricia Capello submitted her resignation. Former Commissioner Carlo Ginotti was subsequently appointed to serve out the five-month balance of Capello’s term.

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