St. Anthony lays out council seat appointment process

Election runner-up confirms she’ll apply

 

At its Nov. 14 meeting, the St. Anthony City Council decided to appoint a replacement to fill the council seat opened up by Bonnie Brever’s resignation in August. 

On Nov. 17, the city posted the council seat application to its website. It also posted the application process. 

The application deadline was Dec. 4. Mayor Jerry Faust and the rest of the council will conduct interviews on Dec. 8. Interviews are open to the public. A new council member will be appointed at the Dec. 12 meeting.

A community forum speaker at the Nov. 14 meeting suggested appointing Nancy Robinett outright, primarily because she narrowly lost the Nov. 7 election, and also because the speaker felt Robinett is qualified and would add diversity to the council. 

The election was for two open council seats. Robinett came in third, falling behind incumbents Randy Stille and Jan Jenson. Robinett finished within one percentage point of Jenson, trailing by 18 votes. She requested a recount that resulted in the same result: a difference of 18 votes. 

Robinett has confirmed her plans to apply for the open council seat. She said she thinks it’s important that the appointment process is public. 


—Solomon Gustavo

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