“I’m very interested in being part of how decisions are made regarding the way communities are operated,” Keenan, 55, said following Monday’s City Council meeting at which he was confirmed by a unanimous 6-0 vote as the new Ward 1 councilman.
A Republican, Keenan succeeds Nancy Buescher, who stepped down at the end of 2013 after serving 5½ terms on Council.
Keenan’s resume includes serving as project manager for the Richard E. Jacobs Group in the early 1990s on construction of the Cleveland Indians’ Jacobs Field ballpark (now Progressive Field), and the construction of the 10,000-seat spring training stadium in Goodyear, Ariz., that is shared by the Indians and Cincinnati Reds.
A civil engineer with a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Keenan received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
“My training is in city planning, which is where my interests lie,” Keenan said. “I come to the position with no particular goals in mind.”
A first-timer in public office, Keenan described himself as a fiscal conservative who believes in “minimal government.”
A native of Olean, N.Y., and a resident of North Ridgeville since 1989, Keenan has two married daughters and a son who is deployed with the Air Force in Afghanistan.
Keenan is self-employed as president and owner-operator of Hamilton Marquette Limited Partnership, a property management firm. He also serves as president and owner-operator of Western Reserve Developers Ltd., a North Ridgeville-based company that specializes in development and construction of assisted living communities in Streetsboro, Cuyahoga Falls and other sites.
A longtime parishioner of St. Julie Billiart, Keenan is now an active member of St. Peter Parish. He also is active with the city’s Savannah condominium association, where he resides.