Former councilman Mark Morehead is returning to city government, this time as a member of the board of adjustment.
Mayor Jerry Clifton nominated Morehead for the vacant seat, and city council confirmed his appointment without opposition Monday night. Councilman Jason Lawhorn was absent.
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for the insight he brings to the table on reviewing plans and processes and so forth,” Clifton said. “As we know, the board of adjustment is a quasi-judicial board, and in my opinion, it’s an absolutely perfect fit.”
Morehead served eight years on city council before being defeated by James Horning Jr. in the April election. A resident of Timber Creek, Morehead runs his own contracting business.
“I think it’s a good match for my skills, detail-oriented to the extreme,” Morehead said.
The five-member board of adjustment primarily decides on requests for zoning code variances. It also hears and rules on appeals to decisions by the planning commission – a role that thrust the board into the spotlight in 2014 when it heard an appeal regarding the controversial Data Centers LLC project.
The seat Morehead is filling has been vacant for several months after council declined to reappoint David Levandoski for another term. Several council members, including Morehead, argued that Levandoski had a large conflict of interest due to his employment as associate director of 1743 Holdings, the University of Delaware subsidiary that controls development of the STAR Campus.