Eleven apply for council seat

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

At press time the remaining four members of the Ridgecrest City Council were interviewing applicants to fill the vacancy left by Jason Patin, who resigned last month before accepting an interim position leading the Parks and Recreation Department.

The city’s process advertising the council opening drew 11 applicants:

Matthew G. Baudhuin

Michael Mower

Wade Tallman

Michael Petersen

Jerry D. Taylor

William Dale Howard

Nellavan Jeglum

Henry Wilson

Carter Pope

Christina Witt

Steven Morgan

Several members of the council expressed in open forum that they were looking for someone with experience at City Hall. Mower, Taylor and Morgan have each served on the council, while Jeglum and Pope have served on the Planning Commission and Petersen is on the Measure L Oversight Committee.

Members of the council had a lengthy discussion during the council comment portion of last week’s meeting, where they speculated on how the selection process would run. While some members, including Mayor Dan Clark and Vice Mayor Chip Holloway, expressed wishes to conduct portions of that process in private, City Manager Dennis Speer told the News Review that the law required all votes, nominations and discussions to be held in view of the full public.

Although the format was not available at press time, each member of the council was expected to nominate two candidates within the pool of applicants to be interviewed at last night’s special meeting.

Details will be reported online, www.news-ridgecrest.com, as they become available.

Story First Published: 2013-09-11