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Markle Town Council fills open spot by choosing Markle Church of Christ leader McClary at meet

The Markle Town Council rounded out its seating by filling a vacated councilman’s spot during a special meeting held Thurs-
day, March 14, electing Markle Church of Christ pastor Aaron McClary to the post.

Council President Jeff Humbarger made the motion to have McClary serve out the term of Eric “Rick” Bower, who moved out of town and had to leave the council. With a second from Vice President Mark Hamilton, the motion carried 2-0.

McClary joined the staff of Markle Church of Christ in 2016 and serves as the congregation’s lead pastor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biblical studies and a Master of Arts in religion from Cincinnati Christian University, as well as an M.B.A. in organizational leadership from Johnson University.

He and his wife Sarah have been married 12 years and they have five children.

During the special meeting, Markle resident Larry Jenks came forward to introduce himself to the council and expressed his interest in serving as a councilman. Jenks, who has lived in Markle since 1994, is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 in Huntington, and former commander of the now-defunct Markle VFW Post 6671. He has also been the former chairman of the Wildcat Parade, is currently on the lay board of the Markle United Methodist Church and is also on the trustee board.

Humbarger said there will be two positions on the council open at the end of the year, and invited Jenks to consider running for a position. Those seats are currently occupied by Humbarger and Hamilton.

Also during the special meeting, Humbarger signed a corrected copy of the Community Crossing Matching Grant notification of contractor work completion, which had minor corrections made to it.

McClary was scheduled to be sworn in at the regular town council meeting on March 20 at the Markle Volunteer Fire Station.