Members of Cleveland Heights City Council nominated, voted in and to council at Monday night's regular meeting.
Stein replaces former Council Member Mark Tumeo, who at the end of March. His was May 16, but he swore Stein in at Monday's meeting.
Stein's wife, Shimona, their five children and several members of his family came to see the official appointment. Council chambers was packed with at least 60 people, and some stood out by the door and in the hallway.
Stein will fill in for Tumeo until at least the end of 2011, but must run and be re-elected in November to complete the term, which ends Dec. 31, 2013.
Eighteen applied for Tumeo’s role, and City Council members on May 31. Mayor Ed Kelley said all of the candidates interviewed well, but Stein stood out.
"Jason brings financial expertise, he’s a homegrown product, he’s done a lot of work in the community, and he brings a younger perspective to council," Kelley said. "Jason also adds to the diversity of council. Just as Mark Tumeo was the first openly gay member of council, Jason may very well be the first Orthodox Jewish member of council."
Stein has been a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, which provides input in how Community Development Block Grant money should be used, information to residents about the funds and monitors the program, since 2008. He also is on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library.
Stein will chair the Administrative Services Committee, and be a member of the Community Relations and Recreation and the Public Health and Safety committees.