In a surprise move at Tuesday's meeting, the Buffalo City Council appointed candidate Scott Madsen to fill the empty council seat left vacant when councilman Bruce Hepp passed away suddenly last year and most recently when Justin Gerard stepped down amid controversy over an arrest for alleged drug possession.
Laura DeMatteis addressed the council during the public comment period of the meeting, saying she wanted the council to “seriously consider” Madsen for the position. He had submitted a letter of interest saying he would like the appointment if the council so chose to do so.
Councilman Russ Humphrey made a motion to appoint Madsen and it was seconded by Stan Lakin. The vote was unanimously in favor of the appointment.
Madsen briefly addressed the public at the meeting.
Madsen's appointment will possibly be temporary, as he will serve out the remainder of Bruce Hepp's time through the end of this year. Madsen must run in this year's election to win the seat past December 31st.