Austin Heffernan has been chosen to join the Hagerstown City Council following a competitive application and interview process. City Council will make the appointment official with a vote during the Regular Session on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m., and Heffernan will take his Oath of Office at that time.
"It's been encouraging to see the level of interest from the community in moving Hagerstown forward, especially their willingness to serve as a member of this City Council," says Mayor Bob Bruchey. "Mr. Heffernan demonstrated during his interview that he is not only knowledgeable of the assets and the dynamics of our community, but he is very aware of capabilities and limitations in addressing our challenges as well. He is a well-informed resident who we believe will approach decision-making with an open mind and a strong consideration of the facts."
A native of Bethesda, Heffernan has 24 years of corporate experience in IT and logistics, managing global IT departments in Europe and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and he previously served in the military as a member of the Army's Rapid Deployment Force. Heffernan moved to Hagerstown in 2005 to pursue his passion for aviation by establishing Royal Aircraft Services, an aircraft maintenance and repair business located at Hagerstown Regional Airport.
"It is an honor to be selected to serve the City and citizens of Hagerstown," Heffernan says. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Mayor, Council, City government and citizens to maximize our city's potential and make Hagerstown a great place to live."
Hagerstown’s City Councilmembers serve "at large", encouraging the body's responsibility to all residents and businesses of the city regardless of their location or specific ward. Members serve a four-year term and non-partisan elections are held in conjunction with the national presidential election.
A high resolution photo of Heffernan can be downloaded from Dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mlj8dd2cl1vnm85/Austin%20Heffernan.JPG?dl=0.