Danedri Thompson
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Mayor Dave Drovetta expects to name an appointment to former council member Dennis Pugh’s seat in mid-January.
Pugh resigned after being charged with battery against council member Larry Fotovich.
To date, Drovetta said four residents have stepped forward asking to be considered for the position.
“I am not contacting anyone and encouraging them to apply,” Drovetta said. “…The four who have contacted me were proactive and wanting to serve.”
According to state statute, the Mayor makes the appointment with a majority of the council’s approval.
If council members don’t approve a mayoral recommendation, they must pass a resolution declaring that person unfit. Without council approval, a mayoral appointment becomes automatic after 30 days.
Chris Morrow asked how others might express their interest in applying for the council role.
“Some people don’t know about the process, and some of the people may be sitting on the fence,” Morrow said.
Drovetta said it’s a matter of finding a good individual to serve.
“It’s not a closed process. If someone wants to be considered, they should contact me,” Drovetta said.
Four applicants is a reasonable number, he said.
“If I get a dozen people, I’m not interviewing a dozen people,” Drovetta said.
Council member Brian Broxterman said if applicants sent resumes it might help narrow down the field.
“If you do get a dozen (applicants) or 15, resumes would help your sorting process,” Broxterman said.
Anyone interested in applying to fill Pugh’s seat can email Drovetta at
[email protected]