According to comments on the Citizens for the Future of Gardner Facebook page on Jan. 16, Mayor Dave Drovetta will ask Gardner City Council members to confirm Heath Freeman to fill Dennis Pugh’s seat during a council meeting on Jan. 17. The council meeting occurred after press time.
Several candidates applied to replace Dennis Pugh, who resigned from the council after being charged with battery and criminal deprivation of property.
If confirmed, Freeman will serve out the remaining three years of Pugh’s term through April 2015.
Council vacancies are filled by Gardner’s mayor, but they must be confirmed by the council.
After a replacement is made for Pugh’s position; a majority of the council, three out of five, will have been appointed by Drovetta.