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Ashley Hacking (Submitted)

Perry Village Council has chosen a successor to Phil Cassella, who retired at the end of 2023.

Council, at it Feb. 8 meeting, selected Ashley Hacking to serve the final two years of Cassella’s unexpired term.

The five current members of council voted unanimously in favor of Hacking’s appointment.

“I am excited to join this outstanding council and mayor and serve the community of Perry,” Hacking said, in a Feb. 12 email interview.

She possesses 12 years of experience as a local elected official. She was elected to three consecutive four-year terms on Perry School Board, starting in 2009.

During her time on the school board, Hacking served as the panel’s vice president and president, and was a member of committees that focused on areas such as safety, finances and technology.

On her resume, Hacking also noted that she was involved in board reviews of annual district budgets and monthly spending; and participated in negotiating three union contracts.

She exited the school board after finishing fourth in a race for three seats in the 2021 election.

Village Mayor James Gessic said Hacking was one of four residents to apply for the vacant council seat. Council and the mayor decided to interview Hacking and two of the other prospects.

Gessic said her substantial experience on the school board helped to set her apart as the top applicant for the council position.

Hacking said her love for the Perry community was the main factor in her decision to seek the appointment to council.

“I believe that my experience will allow me to join council and help address village concerns quickly and efficiently,” she said.

Village Solicitor James O’Leary said Hacking will be sworn in as the community’s newest legislator at the March 14 council meeting. She will occupy a seat at the council table that’s been empty since Jan. 1, when Cassella’s retirement began.

“It is an honor to fill the unexpired term of Phil Cassella,” Hacking said.  “Mr. Cassella has dedicated many years of serving Perry Village. He has left a great legacy.”

Cassella was appointed to fill a Village Council vacancy in 2008, and elected to his first four-year term on the panel in 2009. Village voters then re-elected Cassella to council in 2013, 2017 and 2021.

If Hacking wishes to remain on council for more than the next two years, she will need to run in the November 2025 election for a four-year term.


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