Council Vacancy


On Monday, we picked Beachwood’s newest member of city council, Danielle Shoykhet, and it wasn’t an easy choice for us to make.  We had fifteen initial applicants for the vacancy.  We carefully read everyone’s answers to our written questions, and then we carefully listened to everyone’s in-person interview.
Then came the hard part - getting to a short list and then a final pick.  We’ve spent hours discussing this and, frankly, we almost deadlocked.  But, as we’ve all seen, deadlocks get us nowhere, nothing gets done, and emotions start to run hot.  Beachwood can’t afford any of that from its leadership.  So, we on council led - we built a consensus and came together.  We all welcome our newest colleague and look forward to working with her.  

To those of you who applied for this position and didn’t get it - you’re in good company.  We had a lot of good people to choose from.  Each of you has the potential to earn a spot up here with the rest of us.  Running for office isn’t easy, but by applying for this vacancy, you’ve already shown that you can and want to do it.


Tonight and tomorrow city council will interview candidates to fill the Council seat vacated by Mayor Berns.  To help us make our choice, we’re trying to understand each candidate’s motivation, experience / skill set, understanding of council’s role, goals, and problem-solving approach.

We advertised for candidates for a few weeks starting in mid-December and then we asked all applicants to answer three written questions.  (You can see the questions and everyone’s answers at this link.)

During the interview we’ll ask each candidate the same set of questions and listen carefully to their answers.  After each day of interviews, we will have some discussion.  Everyone, including members of council, will know what the final decision is when we hold a public vote at one of our upcoming meetings (open meeting laws forbid elected officials from voting in private.) 

We started with a very nice pool of 16 candidates; two have dropped out, so we’re down to 14.  All of us on council are looking forward to meeting each candidate and hearing them make their case for why they should join Beachwood’s City Council.

UPDATE 01-28-2022 

As a part of the interview process, Council asked the applicants to answer three questions in written format.  To view the answers to those questions, please click here. Version OptionsCouncil VacancyHeadline



When Councilmember Justin Berns was elected Mayor, it created an empty seat on City Council.  When that happens, it’s Council’s responsibility to appoint someone to the empty seat.  We started that process, at the end of December, by advertising for candidates.  The deadline to apply was last Friday.

We have received 16 applications, which is a very nice response and it shows how much our residents care about our city. Our next step will be to interview each of the candidates and then to make the appointment.  The City’s charter requires that we get that done before February 14th.  

 It takes courage to put yourself out there like these 15 applicants did, and being on council isn’t easy, but it’s a very rewarding experience.  We’re looking forward to hearing from each applicant and choosing our newest council colleague.


Due to the results of the November 2, 2021 General Election, Councilman Justin Berns will be sworn-in as Mayor of the City of Beachwood effective January 1, 2022. As a result, a vacancy will be created on the Beachwood City Council. Pursuant to Article III, Section 3 of the Charter of the City of Beachwood, Council has forty-five days to fill the vacancy. Council will accept resumes from residents interested in being considered. Applicants should send a resume to the Clerk of Council, 25325 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio 44122, by 4:30 P.M. on January 14, 2022. All applicants must be qualified electors and have been residents of the City of Beachwood for one year prior to the appointment.

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