City Council reviews applicants for open seat
January 29, 2013
By Warren Kagarise
The next City Council member comes from a roster rooted in civic participation — seven residents involved in city boards and commissioners, homeowners associations and community organizations.
The council expected to reach a decision Jan. 29 on a successor to former Councilman Mark Mullet.
The council interviewed applicants Michael Beard, Tim Flood, Joe Forkner, Mary Lou Pauly, Bill Ramos, Mark Rigos and Chantal Stevens in 10-minute segments Jan. 22.
Members then headed into a closed-door executive session to discuss the applicants’ qualifications.
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The council planned to appoint a resident to former Councilman Mark Mullet’s seat at a special meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 29.
Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door executive session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings.
The appointee is expected to serve until the November election; he or she could run for the seat then.
Ken Sessler initially applied for the vacant seat, but withdrew Jan. 16, not long after the city released the applicant list.
Beard, Forkner and Pauly applied to serve during the last council vacancy in 2011. Members instead selected attorney Stacy Goodman to fill the vacancy, and Goodman later won election to the seat.
On the council, members serve at large and represent the entire city, rather than specific neighborhoods or defined geographic areas.
Members earn $700 per month for the part-time role.