Eleven applicants file for council vacancy

Jan. 07, 2013 @ 07:55 PM

Eleven residents have applied to fill the Town Council vacancy created when former councilwoman Penny Rich took a seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
The application period ended at 5 p.m. Monday.
The 11 applicants are Gary Kahn, Maria Palmer, Loren D. Hintz, Paul Neebe, Aaron Shah, Carl Schuler, Jennifer Marsh, Bjorn Pedersen, Amy Ryan, David Jackson and former councilwoman Sally Greene, who in 2011 did not seek re-election to the seat she first won in 2003.
“I think it’s a fairly diverse group of people and many of them have extensive experience working on town boards and commissions,” said Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt.
He said the council has a busy year ahead of it, so it’s important to choose someone who has experience and knows town business.
“My hope is to find someone who can hit the ground running,” Kleinschmidt said. “I think from this group, we can find one or two people who can meet that need.”
The selection process calls for council to review applications and make nominations at its Jan. 14 business meeting.
Council could make an appointment Jan. 23 at a special meeting that would precede scheduled public hearings. If it does make an appointment at that meeting, the applicant chosen would be sworn in at the council’s Jan. 28 meeting.
The council last filled a vacancy in 2009 when it chose Councilwoman Donna Bell from among 12 applicants to complete the term of Bill Strom, who resigned abruptly.
Bell was elected to the seat in 2011.