Council to discuss vacancy

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Council to discuss vacancyRidgecrest City Council will discuss how to move forward with filling its present vacancy during its next regular meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

During last week’s meeting, the council formally accepted the resignation of former Vice Mayor Wallace Martin. His stepping down from his position was one of the conditions of a lawsuit, filed by Scott Leahy, that challenged the validity of Martin’s residency, and therefore eligibility to serve as a verified resident of the city.

City Attorney Lloyd Pilchen said that the council can either appoint someone to serve out the remaining one year of Martin’s term or authorize a special election.

Pilchen said that there are no restrictions, other than those that govern eligibility of a councilmember, regarding an appointment. City Manager Ron Strand said the council has the option of soliciting applications for the position and choosing from that pool of candidates at a future meeting.

Other items on the agenda include a resolution that would confirm the continuance of a local emergency and thus uphold a declaration following last summer’s earthquakes.

The council is also expected to review the city’s existing drug and alcohol policy at the meeting.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. in closed session to discuss with legal counsel two potential items of anticipated litigation.

For more information, visit the city’s website at www.ridgecrest-ca.gov. Proceedings of the council meeting will be streamed live on the “City of Ridgecrest” YouTube channel.

Story First Published: 2019-11-27