Atherton residents who want to serve their community at a high level of involvement -- and who have a solid store of tolerance for meeting attendance -- might consider applying for a short term on the City Council to see if the job suits them. Applications are being taken for residents interested in serving out the term of Councilman Jerry Carlson, who is resigning his position on July 1.
The four remaining council members are hoping to appoint a person to the seat rather than wait until the November election to have a full council. Mr. Carlson's term ends in December 2014.
The application deadline is July 8 at 5 p.m. The council decided Wednesday night (June 19) to interview candidates on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The council could appoint a person that night, or, if the four members can't agree on a candidate, could call for an election on Nov. 5.
Interested residents should contact City Clerk Theresa DellaSanta at 752-0529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The council Wednesday night also appointed Cary Wiest vice mayor, a position held by Mr. Carlson until that night. Mr. Wiest was elected to the council last November.
Council members Jim Dobbie and Bill Widmer objected to the appointment of a vice mayor that night, and urged the council to postpone the decision. "It is not appropriate for council member Jerry Carlson to be voting on the future mayor when (Mr. Carlson) is leaving," Mr. Dobbie said.
Mr. Widmer said he felt so strongly that the appointment, with Mr. Carlson voting, would be inappropriate that he would refuse to vote if the council acted that night. Mr. Carlson, Mr. Wiest and Mayor Elizabeth Lewis pushed ahead, however; all three cast votes for Mr. Wiest. Mr. Dobbie voted no, and Mr. Widmer abstained.
There is no rule requiring the council to appoint a vice mayor to the mayoral post the following year, but that has been the traditional progression into the office. The tradition is likely to be tested in December, however, given the unusual circumstances for Mr. Wiest's appointment and the dissension of two council members.