The Kenai City Council this week named John "Ozzie" Osborne Sr. to the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Duane Bannock earlier this year.
For the past few years, Osborne has run for a council seat. Every time he has lost. While his persistence is admirable, Osborne has much more than that going for him.
He's no stranger to the community or to city government. He served on the Kenai Planning Commission from 1982-1988 and began another stint on the commission in 2001. He's involved in community organizations, including Boy Scouts, the Kenai Elks Lodge and the Pioneers of Alaska.
He's lived in Kenai for 25 years and raised his family here. Most of his children still live in the area.
Best of all, Osborne has shown up to participate at council meetings as an interested citizen.
Osborne had stiff competition for the council seat. In fact, it took multiple rounds of secret ballots before he was declared the winner.
Four other Kenai residents also applied for the job Carol Brenckle, Barry Eldridge, Blaine Gilman and Hal Smalley. All have been active in the community. All would make excellent council members. It's no wonder the council had a touch time deciding who to pick.
While Osborne may not have the political polish of some of the other applicants, there is no doubting his commitment to the city of Kenai and its residents. He'll do right by the citizens in his new position.
Again, congratulations, Ozzie!
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