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MAYORAL JOB OPEN TO RESIDENTS 11-18-10 LMS

The Salmon City Council has voted to open the presently vacant mayoral position to any qualified city resident interested in being considered for the job.

By law the Salmon City Council is empowered to appoint the next mayor. The appointment would be to fill the one year remaining in former Mayor Miller’s term of office.

The appointment can be made from within the council membership or someone can be named from a list of interested residents meeting the requirements of being a registered voter, living within the city of Salmon and having no record of a felony arrest.

At the November 17th meeting of the council City Attorney John McKinney suggested that even though there is no mention about previous job experience in state statutes he feels the council should give some consideration to that aspect. He said, “We’re a big business. Like it or not we’re a multi-million dollar business. Whoever handles this [job] should have some knowledge.”

McKinney and City Councilman Jim Baker have developed a list of suggested criteria to which interested persons may refer if they choose to submit a résumé. Copies of the list are available at City Hall.

The council’s official decision to invite members of the public to apply for the position was a result of thorough discussions which took place during a November 16th open-to-the-public work session. Names recommended to the council by that date were Jim Bockelman, Fred Waidely, George Miley and Council President Leo Marshall.

At the November 17th council meeting Councilmen Ron Radford, Ken Gutzman, Jim Kluesner and Bud Bartlett expressed support for Marshall based on his years of council experience and current position as City Council President. Marshall was thankful for the support while being somewhat reluctant to accept the appointment. He recommended a two week period to give interested city residents a chance to come forward.

Councilman Jim Baker, who is also supportive of Marshall, said he felt it is important for the appointment decision to be reached by way of an open process. He then made the motion which officially opened the mayoral position to interested qualified individuals. The motion stated the list of suggested criteria should be studied by those interested and that names should be submitted by November 26th to give council members some study time before the December 1st decision. The motion was approved.

Since then, due to City Hall being closed on the 26th for the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for submissions has been extended to noon on Monday, November 29th.


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