Nominations are open until April 28 to fill the vacant Carbondale Town Council seat
There could be nearly as much interest in a pending appointment to the Carbondale board as there was in last week’s election to fill three more seats.
Current administrator Ben Bohmfalk was not opposed to running for mayor in the April 5 election and will take that seat when new council members are sworn in on April 26.
One of the first orders of business for the new board – including re-elected director Erica Sparhawk and newcomers Chris Hassig and Colin Laird – will be to appoint someone to serve the remaining two years of the board’s term. director of Bohmfalk.
Most of the remaining five candidates who missed the cut in the trustees election told the Post Independent this week they were at least considering applying for the vacant post.
This includes incumbent administrator Luis Yllanes, who was the fourth highest number of votes in the election tally.
Candidates Colin Quinn, a climate activist and member of the city’s environmental board, and Jess Robison, who serves on the Pitkin County Telecommunications Board and owns a local construction company, also said they could apply.
Candidate Zane Kessler said he would likely support Yllanes if he did apply. And former trustee Frosty Merriott, who also ran for office last week, said he is unlikely to run.
After that, the process is wide open to any other qualified municipal voters to apply for the vacant position, and there is no guarantee that the nomination would go to any of the former candidates.
As of Tuesday, no applications had yet been received.
City Manager Lauren Gister reported at Tuesday’s regular city council meeting that the application process has been posted on the city’s website. and facebook pagewith a deadline of April 28 at noon to apply.
In addition to collecting 25 signatures from registered voters in Carbondale, candidates must be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter within the city limits of Carbondale themselves; be 18 or older; and must have lived in the city for at least one year. City of Carbondale employees are not eligible to apply.
The board plans to invite candidates for interviews at the regular May 10 board meeting, and an appointment could be made that evening.
The council has until its May 24 meeting to make a decision, or the decision may be sent to voters in a special election.
Gister said information about the bid was also translated into Spanish and provided to local media.
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