Appointment to fill Drake seat |

Appointment to fill Drake seat

In their meeting May 17, Truckee Town Council opted to make a special appointment to fill the unexpired term left by council member Bob Drake.

Town Manager Stephen L. Wright informed the council that special elections could delay the appointment beyond the 30-day period required in the government code and could cost the town upwards of $25,000.

“I don’t think there is anyone at this dais that is interested in a special election,” said Mayor Don McCormack during the meeting.

Council member Maia Schneider joked that she thought the last appointment, which ultimately landed her a seat on the council, was successful.

Drake has announced he is stepping down from the council for personal reasons as of May 31. His term expires in November 2002.

Any member of the public is invited to apply for the position.

Members of the public have until Monday, June 4 to submit their name for consideration.

On June 7, Town Council will likely establish questions for each of the candidates to respond to, said Mayor McCormack.

“We’re not required to match somebody’s particular characteristics,” said Mayor McCormack of the appointment. “But a factor we might consider is balance.”

“You guys are on the wrong track,” said George Robertson of the council’s action during the meeting. “You should refuse to accept (Drake’s) resignation and bring him back to that big chair.”

Drake, however, has remained adamant on his decision to retire.

“It has always, always been a pleasure to work with him,” said Mayor McCormack. “He has made valuable contributions to the Town of Truckee and Town Council.”

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