McCandless City Council Reorganizes |

McCandless City Council unanimously elected Michael Tarle of Ward 3 as council chairman at its reorganization meeting on January 3.

“We all have an equal voice. We are all here to work together to improve the community. We can disagree, but when we do, we will do it with civility and respect because we are all neighbors, ”he said.

Tarle replaced Kimberly Zachary from Ward 1, who had been president since January 2018. Tarle noted that Zachary often reduced her full-time working hours to work in the township.

“Your dedication to the city is unparalleled, even in the face of harsh criticism nothing has stopped you which is a great trait,” Tarle said.

Zachary said she supports setting term limits to give others a chance to serve and is ready to do so as president.

“I think it’s good to have other perspectives and to give others the opportunity to take a position,” said Zachary, nurse anesthetist.

Carolyn Schweiger of Ward 6, who was sworn in for another term, was elected Vice-President by 4-3, defeating Patricia Cloonan of Ward 7.

Two new council members have taken their seats, Robert “Jack” Casey representing Ward 2 and Jason Singer representing Ward 4. Their terms and that of Schweiger expire on the first Monday of 2026.

Former council members Mr. Michele Sponholz from Ward 2 and David E. Smith from Ward 4 did not seek re-election.

Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall on Grubbs Road. The meetings can also be viewed online via a link at

Natalie Beneviat is an associate of Trib Total Media.

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