Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2010 08:12:37 PM PST

FONTANA – Two new members have been appointed to the City Council, former Planning Commissioner Matthew Slowik and former Parks and Recreation Commissioner Lydia Salazar-Wibert.

Slowik and Salazar-Wibert were among 12 people the council considered to fill two open seats.

“Their service to the community exceeded any of the other applicants,” said Councilman John Roberts. “That was probably the most significant reason for their appointment.”

For the past eight years, Slowik served on the Planning Commission. Prior to that, he served on the parks commission for six years.

Salazar-Wibert was on the parks commission for 11 years.

“I’m a community volunteer in many different sectors,” said Salazar-Wibert, 53, a 22-year resident who works as a child welfare and attendance liaison for the Fontana Unified School District. “I believe that by being appointed to this position I can serve at a higher level and continue to move Fontana forward.”

Slowik and Salazar-Wibert were unaware of the council’s decision until it was announced at Tuesday’s meeting. This resulted in a nerve-racking day, said Slowik, 49, a lifetime resident who works as a land-use planner for the county.

“The majority of the day was very nervous, leading up to the announcement,” he said. “As the recommendation occurred, that nervousness all of a sudden went away.”

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