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City Council Approves Panel Members to Interview Smyth’s Replacement

At last night’s City Council meeting, City Manager Ken Pulskamp presented 16 names to sit on the 3 public panels that will interview candidates vying for Cameron Smyth’s council seat.

The panel selections were approved by the council, and the names are as follows:

Jim Ventress
Dan Masnada
Dianne Van Hook
Connie Worden Roberts
Chris Fall
Gary Marco
Samantha Thomas
Al Ferdman
Susan Shapiro
Jenny Ketchepaw
Sean Herron
Dora Zovala
Richard Budman
Holly Schroder
Phil Ellis
Ian Swift

The panels will convene on Friday to interview the 16 applicants. Three separate panels will be designated to three separate rooms, and the interview process will consist of each applicant getting a 20 minute interview with each panel.

Each member of the panel will blind rank their top candidates with their favorite getting 5 points, their next getting 4, and so on, down to 1. These ratings will be made public.

At the end of the ratings, the total points each candidate receives will be posted and the top five (maybe six or seven) will be recommended to the council.

On December 6th, the city council will hold a special meeting where they will get to interview the top candidates, and select one with a majority vote. If no majority is formed on any candidate, another special meeting will be held on December 8th, where the council could then interview the candidates who ranked 6th through 10th. At the end of that meeting, if held, the council will make a decision on Smyth’s replacement.

On December 19th, the new member of the City Council will be officially installed.

Be sure to check our website for a complete recap of the Council meeting. It will be posted on Wednesday afternoon.

Jon Dell
KHTS AM 1220 News