We had nine candidates on the last ballot and now we have eight applicants to get a seat the "easy way" -- by appointment. I had a chance say au revoir to Jerry Deal last Monday night after his last council meeting and a couple of the applicants also showed up to see and be seen. Here is the list from which the Council will choose:
Ross Bruce - Russ Cohen - John Eaton - Pat Giorni - John Martos - John Root - Laurie Simonson - Eric Storey
The Council has the choice of a couple of current commissioners, a couple of ex-commissioners, a couple of ex-Council candidates and one past council member. It should be very interesting to see how the four remaining council members weigh past experience, current understanding of the issues (which makes their jobs easier in one sense) and the great unknown of "do you intend to run in the next election?" Anyone can answer anything to that question, but it is not reliable--example one: SF Mayor Ed Lee.
Staff will present a report on the recommended process for interviewing and such to the Council on October 6th. In the meantime here is a smiling-on-the-way-out Jerry Deal. Thanks for 20 years of service (on Planning and Council). Enjoy Oregon.