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Prescott City Council discusses how to select Linn's temporary replacement

The Prescott City Council spent a lot of time Tuesday afternoon discussing how to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Tammy Linn.

Since Linn resigned with more than two years left in her term, Prescott voters will, in the November election, select someone to complete her term.

In the meantime, the council must decide how to proceed with appointing a temporary council member to serve until the election.

Linn announced her resignation June 13, effective July 14. The city charter requires the council to fill the vacancy within 31 days of the departure of a member.

Seventeen people have applied for the temporary position, according to City Clerk Elizabeth Burke.

Interim City Manager Craig McConnell stated that the first thing the council should decide is whether to use the Council Selection Committee to go through the applicants and make a recommendation to the council of those to be interviewed.

According to Councilman Jim Lamerson, the council has appointed an ad hoc committee whose job it is to bring a recommendation to the council as a whole on appointments and committees.

"I think that is the direction we should take instead of interviewing all the applicants," Lamerson said.

Councilmember Lora Lopas disagreed with Lamerson and said she believes it is up to the council to select the applicants to interview.

City Attorney Gary Kidd said the policy (No. 3232) does not spell out the process. The policy says that it is the responsibility of individual council members to review the applicants; however, Kidd said that the policy does give the council the authority to use a selection committee.

Kidd said the council has the option of each member selecting five or six applicants to determine a final short list, or use the committee.

"Nothing prevents a council member from adding an application to the short list presented by the committee," Kidd noted. "The intent of the policy is to provide some type of selection process. The council does not have to interview all the applicants.

Council member Steve Blair, who serves on the selection committee with members Mary Ann Suttles and John Hanna, believes the council should use some type of screening process.

"We don't need to reinvent the wheel to pick a person for four months. We could each pick six applicants for the selection committee to weed down," Blair said.

While Blair suggested that council members give their choices to the committee by Friday, Kidd reminded the council that Tuesday's meeting was a work session and said the method of choosing a temporary councilman still needs to be approved.

"I think you need to come back at the next voting session (Tuesday) to approve the process," Kidd advised the council.

City Clerk Elizabeth Burke said before the council meeting that Daniel Gilliam took out a packet to appear on the special election ballot. Gilliam is also an applicant for the temporary four-month appointment.

Other applicants interested in the temporary four-month appointment include Robert (Bob) Bockrath, Robert (Bob) Cihan, Dr. Dwight L. Jaeger, Edmund Kahn, Robert Luzius, Lucy Mason, Don A. Riley, Bob Roecker, Len Scamardo, Frank Scott, Stephen Silvernale, John Stevens, Roger Swenson, Anne-Marie Tayler, Anthony Vilardo and Alex Weber.

Election packets for the special election to fill the remainder of Linn's term are available at the City Clerk's office located at City Hall, 201 S. Cortez.

To appear on the November ballot, potential candidates must turn in their election packets to the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Aug. 10.

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