Sunbury gets two new councilmen


SUNBURY — The city again has a full council lineup after two newly-appointed members were recently sworn in.

In alphabetical order, the two new councilmen are John Grumney and Murray Neff.

Grumney has lived in the Sunbury area most of his life, said the city’s website. A Big Walnut graduate, he and his wife have three children and live in the Sunbury Meadows development and attend Journey Fellowship church. He has degrees from the University of Toledo and Ohio Dominican University.

“John has seen Sunbury grow firsthand from a small village to the city it has become today,” said “He is thankful for the opportunity to serve the community that has given him so much.”

Neff, his wife and three children have lived in Sunbury since 2014. An Ohio State University graduate, he was one of the members of the Sunbury Charter Commission, which established the form of government for the newly-minted city.

The Neffs “feel blessed to raise their family in this close-knit community with a small town feel and are proud to call Sunbury their home,” said the city’s website.

The City of Sunbury, Ohio Facebook page said, “Congratulations to the Sunbury City Council members who were sworn in at the January 5, 2022, City Council meeting. Welcome newly-appointed Council members John Grumney and Murray Neff. Also sworn in, re-elected Council members Cindi Cooper, Damin Cappel, and Dave Martin, along with Joe St. John sworn in as Mayor of Sunbury. Council Member Tim Gose was elected by Council as City Council President Pro Tem. The City of Sunbury would like to thank 2021 Council Member Greg Elliott for serving his Sunbury community throughout the year, we appreciate your time and dedication Greg!”

During his recent State of the City address, Mayor St. John praised the current council members as well as introducing the new councilmen.

”I would like to take a moment and acknowledge my fellow council members and offer my gratitude for your commitment to guiding the city through an unprecedented set of challenges in 2021,” St. John said. “You remained focused on supporting our residents, staff, and community despite global and national challenges emanating into our beloved community.

“I’d like to welcome our newest councilmen, John Grumney and Murray Neff; and wish you well as you further serve your community.

“Like you, Sunbury City Council was forced to change the way we do business, the way we operate, and the way we live our daily lives. Together, we worked with our staff, regional and state officials in maintaining the continuity of government and ensuring that we continue to provide quality city services; and creating a framework for recovery from this pandemic.”

According to the City Charter, Sunbury’s council consists of seven members, which includes the mayor. Council has 11 “powers” under the charter, including levying taxes.


By Gary Budzak

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Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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