NORFOLK, Neb. -- The city of Norfolk has named Andrew McCarthy as the new ward 4 councilman during a special city council meeting Thursday.
McCarthy was one of three candidates who applied for the position and was voted unanimously to fill the spot vacated by Fred Wiebelhaus earlier this month. McCarthy has been involved within the Norfolk community for a number of years operating as the owner of the District Table and Tap as well as serving on the Elkhorn Valley Museum Board since 2018 and a member of Visit Norfolk area, Nebraska.
“I think Andrew exhibits a unique combination that will help add value to the Norfolk City Council,” Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning said. "Being a small business entrepreneur, having worked in the service industry...Also, Andrew has demonstrated his community involvement by serving on the museum board, being active with groups like the visitor's bureau to create special events that bring people to Norfolk...and other civic obligations he's volunteered time at to make Norfolk better. Thirdly, demonstrating a drive and passion to make Norfolk a better community and help us continuing a wave of growth we've been experiencing."
McCarthy himself said his desire to become more involved with city growth was what led him to apply for the position.
“I've been involved in the public sector of economic development for the last few years and the opportunity to get involved in the public side of it is interesting to me," McCarthy said. Commenting on his goals for the position he stated his desire to be a voice that represents ward 4. "I want to get to know the people of ward 4, be open-minded to their opinions and views, listen to them, be transparent, and mostly project their voice to the city."
McCarthy’s term will officially begin on August 16, during Monday’s city council meeting. His term will end in December of 2022. McCarthy isn't sure if he will run for re-election next year, but says he is hoping the experience will lead to him doing so.