Council tries again to fill vacancy

Baker, Burnside and German apply

Tonight the Camp Verde Town Council will make a second attempt at trying to fill an empty council seat.

And, once again, they will have seven applicants to choose from.

The council deadlocked at its Jan. 16 meeting trying to fill the seat left open by the resignation of council member Mike Parry in December.

At that time, only three of the applicants, Harry Duke, Dave Freeman and Jerry Tobish received vote. Unfortunately they each received three votes for and three against. It takes four votes to be appointed.

Tonight Duke, Freeman and Tobish are still in the running as is Robin Whatley, who received a nomination but no second.

But this time around, former council member Jackie Baker, former chairman of the Camp Verde Sanitary District Suzy Burnside and long-time resident and chairman of the Camp Verde Library Endowment, Charles German, will join them.

At the Jan. 16 meeting two applicants, Donald O'Toole and Tina Anderson withdrew their names. A third applicant, Tim Sykes, was determined to be ineligible because he has not lived within the town limits for one year, according to the Town Clerk's Office.

Sykes has since applied for an opening on the Library Advisory Commission and will be considered for that appointment this evening. Residency is not required to sit on the Library Advisory Commission.

According to town code the council has until Friday to appoint a replacement. The successful applicant will serve until June 2011.

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