Longtime community activist Mary Kay Sigaty has been appointed to the Wilde Lake Village Board to help fill a vacancy left by a board member who stepped down to work for the Howard County councilman Sigaty unsuccessfully challenged in the last election.
Wilde Lake resident William Santos was also appointed to the board last week.
Sigaty and Santos help fill the spot that Jessica Feldmark vacated in November. Feldmark resigned to avoid any conflicts of interest that could come up after she was hired as Howard County Councilman Ken Ulman's special assistant.
The village board must have at least five members, but up to 15 can serve on the panel.
"They had two sterling candidates, and they decided they wanted to ask both of them to serve," said Bernice Kish, Wilde Lake village manager.
Sigaty, a former schoolteacher, has lived in Columbia since 1972. She has dedicated years to improving her Wilde Lake neighborhood and the county school system.
John Hannay, village board chairman, said Sigaty will be a "tremendous asset" to the board.
"I was delighted when she said she was considering applying for the vacancy," he said. "I'm hopeful that she can make as valuable a contribution to the board as she has in other endeavors in the community."
Hannay noted that a number of residents know Sigaty because of her recent campaign for the District 4 County Council seat. She narrowly lost to Ulman in the September primary election. In 2001, she also ran unsuccessfully for the Columbia Council.
Santos, a senior engineer, grew up in Columbia and moved back to the suburb three years ago. He has worked with the village board on its revitalization projects, and Hannay said the board felt he "had a good future ahead of him."
"Bill has a lot of energy and a good vision for what he wanted to be involved in," Hannay said.