Breaking: Alderman position filled

By Gary Scott on March 19, 2015 at 12:55pm

Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard is announcing he’s appointed someone to fill an open alderman position.

Ezard has appointed Ben Tomhave to replace Jenny Geirnaeirt, who took the Morgan County Treasurer job last month.

Ezard in a press release said he’s known Tomhave for 30 years and feels he’ll be a very effective public servant. Tomhave talks about that aspect of his future relationship with Ezard as an alderman.

“I’m hoping it will affect things in a positive way, and right now, I don’t have an agenda, and I just look to thankfully be a part of what I foresee as Jacksonville in a growing state right now. I’m excited to be a part of that,” says Tomhave.

“I’m sure the mayor and I won’t always agree, but with our past history, I’m sure we’ll be able to come to some sort of reasonable agreement on issues that come up.”

Tomhave works for the Department of Corrections, and Ezard says he’s always been interested in city government.

Tomhave says he’s always been interested in getting into politics, and says the Ward 4 vacancy seemed like a natural step.

“I’m just looking forward to seeing what can be done, and moving forward, I just want to get my feet wet and listen and see what can be done for the city,” he says.

Tomhave says he has no specific issues to bring to the table regarding Ward 4 at this time, and he says he’s not sure about what committee he might serve on. He says he’ll see how he can fit in. Tomhave’s previous board experience includes the Salem Lutheran and Morgan County Fair’s boards.

Tomhave and his wife Deb have four children. He says he’s lived in the Jacksonville city limits for about five years, but his family farmed north of Jacksonville prior to that.