Vacancy decision up to new council

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By Jennifer Garcia

The vacancy left by Councilor Jim West will not be filled until after the New Year. The County Council decided Tuesday night to take no action on replacing West and instead have deferred the decision to the new council.

Though Chairman Jim Hall and Councilors Michael Wheeler and Frances Berting moved to appoint Ken Milder, that motion was shot down when Vice Chairman Robert Gibson and Councilor Nona Bowman voted against it.

Earlier during the discussion, Gibson said that he’d rather go through an application process in which interested candidates could submit an application, along with their qualifications and an explanation of why they want to be a county councilor.

Bowman agreed with Gibson.

When Wheeler and Berting presented the motion, Gibson responded by saying, “I will oppose this motion not because of the individual, but because we should go to a broader process.”

Bowman concurred and said, “I really like Ken but I feel it should be open to anyone who wishes to apply. The new council should select the person.”

She also went on to say that if the current council made the appointment, it would be similar to “the Bush administration selecting Obama’s cabinet.”

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