10/10/17 – There is a new alderman in the city of Juneau. The Common Council Tuesday night accepted the resignation of Second Ward Alderwoman Kendra Hayden. In a letter to the city, Hayden referenced health concerns and a new job as the reasons for her stepping down. Adam Smerecki was appointed by the mayor and sworn in following council approval. He has lived in the city for the past two years and says he immediately got involved in community activities. He asked the mayor one year ago if there was anywhere he could serve in the community and was appointed to the only vacancy on the city’s Cable TV Committee. Smerecki, who most recently lived in Delaware, Ohio, is a native of Farmington, Michigan where he had previously served on their city council. He says municipal service is in his DNA. He will sit on the Public Safety, Blue Zones and Library committees. The appointment is effective beginning November 1 and the Ward Two seat will be up for election in April.