OURAY – Richard Kersen announced on Tuesday, Aug. 5 that he is resigning from the Ouray City Council, because he is moving out of the community.
City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli said Kersen did not indicate when his resignation would become effective. “It will be no later than the end of the next [council] meeting, but it could even be sooner,” he said.
Kersen’s resignation comes on the heels of the resignation of former Ouray City Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem John Ferguson on July 7.
The City of Ouray had already put out a call for applicants to fill the council vacancy resulting from Ferguson’s resignation. As of Wednesday, Aug. 6, Ouray City Clerk Kathy Elmont said that three applicants have submitted letters of interest – Chad Leaver, Paul Sunderland and Carl Cockle – and that several additional interested Ouray residents had attended an information session for potential applicants, hosted by the city last week.
All city residents interested in filling one of the two council vacancies must submit a letter of interest to the Ouray City Hall by the end of business hours on Monday, Aug. 11.
Council will fill both vacancies at the next council meeting on Monday, Aug. 18. Each applicant will be given three to five minutes to stand before council and speak about why they feel they are a strong candidate for the position. Council will then discuss the merits of each applicant and make the two appointments. All deliberations must be held in open session.
Per the City of Ouray’s Charter, the successful appointees will serve on council for the remainder of Ferguson’s and Kersen’s terms.
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