Diana Adams has been selected to fulfill Daniel Batcheldor’s unexpired five-month term on the West Melbourne City Council.
Adams is executive director of the Brevard Heart Foundation. She is also co-owner and community engagement coordinator for Rock Paper Simple, a digital marketing agency — and she joined the LEAD Brevard board of directors last week.
“As a small business owner with my husband, I have worked on budgets and contracts and built relationships with clients. I actively seek ways to support the local community and give back, and I want to see other local businesses thrive here in our city,” Adams wrote in her application.
“I believe cities benefit from leaders with business experience because they are run similarly to businesses where it is important to have a balanced budget, solve issues, provide quality service to others, and plan for the future,” Adams wrote.
Tuesday night, the West Melbourne City Council publicly interviewed Adams and three other applicants: Adam Gaffney, William Johnson and Justin Matoska.
Afterward, four of the six council members — Mayor Hal Rose, Pat Bentley, John Dittmore and Stephen Phrampus — chose Adams in a ballot poll.
Gaffney received the other two ballot votes, from Deputy Mayor Andrea Young and Daniel McDow.
The City Council then unanimously appointed Adams, who took the oath of office from City Clerk Cynthia Hanscom.