Lebanon council fills vacant seat

Lebanon Mayor Mark Messer, left, administers the oath of office to newly appointed Councilwoman Kristen D. Eggers during a special meeting of Lebanon City Council Monday. Council appointed Eggers to complete the final two years of the unexpired term of former councilman Joe Shafer who resigned last month because he and his family are moving out of the city.  ED RICHTER/STAFF

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Lebanon Mayor Mark Messer, left, administers the oath of office to newly appointed Councilwoman Kristen D. Eggers during a special meeting of Lebanon City Council Monday. Council appointed Eggers to complete the final two years of the unexpired term of former councilman Joe Shafer who resigned last month because he and his family are moving out of the city. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Lebanon City Council has selected a third-generation community member to fill a vacant seat on council

Kristen D. Eggers was appointed Tuesday to complete the unexpired term of former councilman Joe Shafer, who resigned last month due to moving outside of the city limits. Shafer was elected to office in 2019.

The city’s charter required the appointment to be made within 30 days of the vacancy. Council unanimously selected Eggers and passed over Alecia Lipton and James Norris, the fifth- and sixth-place finishers in the Nov. 2 general election.

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Eggers thanked the council for their confidence in selecting her and that she was looking forward to working with everyone.

Mayor Mark Messer administered the oath of office to Eggers who then took her seat for the special meeting and work session. She will complete the final two years of Shafer’s unexpired term, which ends on Dec. 3, 2023.

In her letter of interest, Eggers said, “Many members of my family have left positive marks upon the community, in a variety of ways, and I would embrace the opportunity to follow in those footsteps.

“I am someone for whom our town has always been of the utmost of importance, and I am proud to live here,” she said. “When I see a need I want to step up and do what I can to help, where I am able. That is what made me apply for the council vacancy earlier this year and that is what makes me apply now.”

Eggers, who was not a candidate for the open council seats in November, had previously applied for an appointment to council in June following the May resignation of Krista Wyatt, but was not selected at that time.

She and her family reside on Patriot Court.

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A police and administrative clerk for Clearcreek Twp., Eggers is also an office manager for a company, as well as a self-employed apparel and accessory business owner.

She is also active in the community as a member of the Revere’s Run Homeowners’ Association Board; helped to support local businesses by managing and coordinating large community group orders from local restaurants during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown; scheduled and staged 50 community food truck events since 2020; assisted and helped to assist and create large community social media groups and pages; moderated community discussions; led the Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing project for the past three years; and coordinated a neighborhood challenge to collect food for those in need at Thanksgiving.

Eggers also helped to deploy a records management program and has helped to plan and execute National Night Out and Safety Town programs in Clearcreek Twp.

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