The open Ward 2 alderman seat wasn’t vacant very long.

The Union Board of Aldermen unanimously approved Robert Marquart to fill the opening at a special meeting Monday, July 2.

Marquart, 51, will fill out the term of Vicki Jo Hooper, who resigned from the seat June 30. He has never served on the board, but has been involved with the city.

Before joining the board, he has served on the city’s planning and zoning commission. He recently served as chairman of the plan board.

Marquart said he was asked by Mayor Mike Livengood to take Hooper’s place.

“I was born and raised here and I’ve served on other committees,” he said. “I had the opportunity to come onto the board and I felt like I wanted to give something back to the community.”

Marquart lives on Bourbeuse Road in Ward 2.

The seat is up for election in April 2019. Marquart said he’s unsure if he’d run to stay on the board.

“I really don’t know,” he said. “If I move, who knows. I’m supposed to build a house, but I don’t know yet.”

Marquart was sworn in at Monday’s special meeting. He will take part in his first official meeting Monday, July 9.

Hooper made the announcement that she would be stepping down at a special alderman meeting Monday, May 21.

“I have experienced several changes in the past year and that includes the sale of my home located in Ward 2,” she said in a letter to the mayor. “I will be relocating to another ward on July 2, 2018. The effective date of my resignation will be June 30, 2018.”

Hooper was first elected to the board in 2011. She was most recently elected in 2017.