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O'Keefe appointed to Somerville Board of Aldermen

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 25, 2013 07:18 PM

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Two weeks after Ward 5 Alderman Sean O'Donovan resigned, Aldermen in Somerville appointed Courtney O'Keefe his successor Thursday night.

Courtney half.jpgO'Keefe, 32, has previously served on the city's Zoning Review Committee and Human Rights Commission.

Before resigning on April 11, O'Donovan recommended her as his successor, and Aldermen Bruce Desmond and Bob Trane called for O'Keefe to be appointed immediately. But the other aldermen elected to instead have the proposed appointment reviewed by the board's Confirmation of Appointments Committee, which met last week.

The committee, led by Desmond, voted to approve O'Keefe's appointment on April 17.

On Thursday, the council as a whole took up O'Keefe's appointment again, approving it without objection. O'Keefe was sworn in at City Hall at the beginning of the alderman's meeting. She is Somerville's first openly gay city official.

It is the second time since December that an alderman in Somerville has resigned and successfully recommended his own appointment. William Roche resigned as Ward 1 alderman on Dec. 13, and recommended School Committee member Maureen Bastardi as his successor. The other aldermen immediately approved the appointment.

Roche went on to become the city's interim personnel director on a part-time basis, and was appointed the permanent director in March.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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