Special Session To Fill Council Vacancy 6 p.m. Today

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is holding a special session at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers to discuss and possibly appoint one of six applicants to fill a vacancy on Council.

Residents who submitted a “letter of interest” by the May 31 deadline to fill the vacancy after the resignation of Councilor James Chrobocinski earlier in May include Morris B. Pongratz, Brady Burke, David M. North, Laura A. Crotzer, Aaron Walker and K. Michael Cleveland.

Applicants were asked to submit a “letter of interest” stating that they were a qualified voter and resided in the County, along with a summary of their experience, background and any other qualifications that they felt made them the best candidate.

By roll call vote, Councilors will vote for one nominee and the nominee with the highest vote total of four or more may be appointed to fill the remainder of the term ending Dec. 31, 2018.

According to the County Charter, Section 200.4: “When a vacancy occurs in the Council, the remaining Councilors shall appoint a qualified person to fill it for the remainder of the unexpired term. If the vacancy occurs within 90 calendar days prior to the expiration of the term, no such appointment shall be made.” The vacancy for this Council seat was advertised in the Los Alamos Daily Post, Monitor and with KRSN radio, in addition to information displayed on the County Facebook Page, webpage postings and “County Line” e-newsletter postings.

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