The Los Alamos County Council met in a special session Thursday night to select a replacement for Ron Selvage, who resigned just more than a month ago due to personal reasons.
The council decided on Rick Reiss, a Republican, who has lived in Los Alamos 20 years. He has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Airport Board and various ad-hoc committees, including one for county attorney selection and one for a county bond issue to support the Trinity Site redevelopment.
Reiss has also served with the Kiwanis, Los Alamos Community Foundation and Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and was co-chair for the United Way with his wife.
Seven candidates sent in letters of interest before the Aug. 28 deadline and were interviewed by council. The candidates were Edward Birnbaum (D), John Bliss (R), Stephen Boerigter (I), Andrea Cunningham (D), Phillip Kunsberg (declined to state party affiliation), Ralph Phelps (R) and Reiss.
The session began with each candidate giving three-minute statements about their background and reasons for running.