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Mayor appoints new council member with ‘history of solid community involvement’

By DONNA SCHILL CLEVELAND, Ledger staff writer | Jan 11, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED Jessica Ledger-Kalen

Mayor Ed Malloy announced today he has chosen a candidate to appoint to the Fairfield City Council in Susan Silvers stead.

The mayor will swear in Jessica Ledger-Kalen, Fairfield native and president of Royale Concrete, as an at-large city council member Monday night at city hall. Ledger-Kalen’s appointment will last until the November election, at which time she will have the option to run to continue on the council.

“I interviewed quite a few people interested in the position who were very well qualified,” said Malloy.

Malloy said he decided on Ledger-Kalen for her “history of solid community involvement.”

Ledger-Kalen has served on the board of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee, Association of Business and Industry for Iowa, Fairfield Art Association, Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity and is a graduate of the Leadership Iowa program.

“I have a great deal of respect for Mayor Malloy and am honored to have been chosen to fill this position,” she said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve in the community where I was born and raised. My roots run deep here and it is a pleasure to be able to give back by serving on the council of this diverse and ardent community.”

Silvers announced her resignation in November, three years before her election term was complete in 2015. The mayor said Ledger-Kalen will assume Silvers role as chair of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee, member of the Water and Sewer Utilities Committee and representative for the Jefferson County Agency on Aging.

Ledger-Kalen co-founded Royale Concrete in 2006, where she now works full time. She said councilman Michael Halley approached her about the opening and suggested she contact the mayor.

When asked what appealed to her about serving on the council, Ledger-Kalen replied, “the challenge of it.”

“I’m very passionate about Fairfield … I’ve served on smaller boards and this will be larger scope, and I’m excited about that,” she said.

She believes her business background along with her involvement in community projects and boards will help inform her work on the council.

Malloy said he looks forward to working with Ledger-Kalen this year. Beyond that, he said, will be up to her of whether or not to run in November to continue.

“That would be her choice at that time,” said Malloy. “We’re excited to have her as part of our local government council.”

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