BELDING — Jon Bunce has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Belding City Council.
After the resignation of former councilman Roger Wills, members of City Council had 30 days to fill the vacancy.
After council members interviewed four candidates, Bunce was officially appointed and sworn in during Tuesday’s City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot.
Bunce will serve the remainder of Wills’ four year term, which ends in November 2015.
Bunce previously served a four-year term from November 2007 through 2011 before losing in last November’s election.
“It was a nice break, a chance to recharge my batteries, but it’s good to be back,” Bunce said. “The other candidates were good candidates and I hope they run in the next election. I think this was a very difficult decision for the council to make.”
After Bunce was sworn onto the council, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson officially welcomed him to the council.
“I’m happy for Jon and the council is confident he will do a good job,” Gunderson said.
Bunce was selected over fellow Belding residents Carl Jonas, Amy Thomas and Scott Gladding.
Both Bunce and Jonas ran for election in 2011, with Bunce running for re-election, but they lost to current council member Joe Feuerstein.
When looking ahead, Bunce said there are many issues he wants to focus on.
“I would like to focus on, obviously, everything we have going on with the clock tower and Electrolux,” Bunce said. “This city is coming back, you can see that along M-44. We’ve had O’Reilly Auto Parts open up along with a new video store. I’d like to see, little by little, some more businesses open up in Belding and hopefully get some of these houses sold. I want to see this town grow, move forward and make a good future for our kids to live here.”