The open seat on the Canton Township board of trustees, vacated by Todd Caccamo in August, has been filled.
Following a month-long process, through which 18 applicants were narrowed to just one, Canton resident Greg Demopoulos has been selected to serve out the remainder of Caccamo’s term, which will expire in November, 2012.
“I am very pleased and honored,” Demopoulos said, following Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting, in which the members voted 6-0 to appoint the Canton lawyer to the open seat. “It had to have been a very tough decision because there were so many very qualified candidates.”
Demopoulo, Northville Township's prosecuting attorney, runs his own law firm in Canton. He served on the Canton Township Zoning Board of Appeals from 1990 to 2002; on the Canton Township Planning Commission from 2002 to 2008 and since 2009 has served on the Canton Township Merit Commission.
“For some time this has been a goal of mine,” he said, explaining that now that his two children are in collage he feels that he can fully invest himself in the position. “I was just waiting for the right opportunity,” he said.
Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy praised Demopoulos, saying that he was the right choice for the job because "he’s been deeply involved in the community,” and for his knowledge of the law and the court system. He is yet "another legal mind at the table,” he said.
The 48-year-old Republican said that he believes the most important aspect of his position will be to help the current board members continue the work they have done to make Canton a top destination for families. He said Canton must continue to support the amenities and services the township provides, while remaining fiscally responsible.
He also said combating the decline in home values needs to be a top priority.
“The most important thing for us to do,” he said, “is to maintain what we have to do to help us rebound in respect to market values of homes.”
Demopoulos and his wife, Georgia, have a son, George, 20, and a daughter, Anastasia, 18, both of whom are students at Michigan State University.
He served on the Canton Soccer Club board of directors 1996 to 2006 and was a coach with the club from 1996 to 2005, positions he said that he believes will serve him well in his new duties. He said that said that the organizational skills, the ability to delegate responsibilities and to follow through with the responsibilities of his job have prepared him well to do the same for Canton Township.
He also said that he plans to get to work immediately on retaining his seat next November when all seven board members are up for re-election.