OURAY – As of Monday’s deadline, six applicants have submitted letters of interest to fill two vacancies on the Ouray City Council.
The applicants – Carl Cockle, Eli Doose, Dee Hilton, Kevin Koprek, Chad Leaver and Paul Sunderland – will each be given three to five minutes at the next council meeting on Monday, Aug. 18 to speak about why they feel they are strong candidates for the position.
Council will then discuss the merits of each applicant and make the two appointments in open session. The appointees will be sworn in during the Sept. 2 council meeting.
They will be filling the remainder of the terms of councilman John Ferguson, who resigned from council on July 7, and Richard Kersen, who announced his resignation on Aug. 5, but has not yet submitted an official resignation letter. Ferguson’s term expires in Nov. 2017 and Kersen’s term expires in Dec. 2015.
Depending on whether Kersen chooses to make his resignation effective before or after the upcoming council meeting, it is possible he could participate in the selection of his own replacement, City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli said.
The City of Ouray has seen quite a few appointments to council in recent years. Earlier this year, Bette Maurer was appointed to fill the remainder of former councilor Michael Underwood’s term. Mayor Pam Larson was appointed to council to fill a vacancy last summer after former councilor Gary Hansen passed away; she went on to successfully run for mayor in last fall’s election.
Ferguson was originally appointed to his position in 2010 to fill a seat previously held by Ben DeGear. He went on to serve over three years as an appointee prior to being elected to a second term in November 2013.
Kersen was elected in November 2011, filling a seat previously held by his brother Joe Kersen who resigned in September 2011. Since the resignation came just six weeks prior to the November election, council chose not make an appointment to fill that vacancy.
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