Citizen or Not?
By Andrew Richter
Here’s an interesting blurb from the Crystal city council work session packet for this Thursday;
Earlier this year, Councilmember John Budziszewski agreed to serve in the position on the West Metro Fire District Board created by ReNae Bowman’s resignation. Councilmember Budziszewski’s term in this position expires December 31, 2013.
The Council has had considerable discussion about whether to fill this position with a councilmember or seek resident candidates.
Since it’s a “citizen representative” that discussion should have taken 30 seconds.
The Council agreed it would recruit for citizen representatives using the advisory commission application (candidates were required to submit a resume) as well as consider any interested councilmembers for the position. The Council also discussed with staff whether it was appropriate to have both councilmembers and citizens “compete” for this Board position or if the position should be reserved for a councilmember. That debate was never resolved.
To date, we have one resident candidate and Councilmember Budziszewski interested in this position. At its organizational meeting in January, the City Council will consider a resolution making an appointment to this position to a two-year term.
The typical process for applicants for advisory commissions is for the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and the Commission Chair (or in this case, the Crystal Council appointment on WMFD Board) to interview the candidates. In the case of Charter Commission candidates, the entire City Council has a “meet and greet” with the candidates at a work
session. The Council should discuss how to proceed with the two candidates for the West Metro Board position.
Simple; the councilman should step aside.
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