West Bountiful has a new city councilman.
Voting by secret ballot, the City Council on Tuesday appointed Richard L. Judd to replace Councilman Claude Vaughn, who has vacated the post to serve a mission in Canada for the LDS Church.Judd, chosen from a field of four candidates, will be officially sworn-in on Dec. 4. His term will expire Dec. 31, 1991.
Judd, a marketing officer for First Security Leasing Co., was the most experienced of the candidates in public affairs. He has a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Weber State College. After completing a 9-month internship as an assistant to the Provo mayor, Judd served two years as an adminis
trative assistant to the Corvallis, Ore., city manager.
Judd, 46, is eight-year resident of West Bountiful. He and his wife, Karen Cox Judd, live at 210 N. 1000 West and have five children.
Before putting the candidates' names before the council for a vote, Mayor Carl Johnson opened the floor for discussion.
Some residents expressed a desire to be better represented geographically. "We simply feel Mr. Judd is very well qualified and would represent us on the south end of the city," said Don Curtis, 242 N. 800 West.
Curtis' comments were echoed by resident Harriet Stephens, 750 W. 220 North, who said, "Sometimes we (on the south end) feel we belong to Woods Cross more than we belong to West Bountiful."
Representing the other end of town, resident Dave Meidell, 2212 N. 800 West, said he and his neighbors sometimes feel like they are more part of Centerville, and said candidate Ruth Steele, 758 W. 2250 North, could "add some balance to the City Council."
Councilman Paul Toller said he understands the residents' desire for geographical representation but assured them that he decides issues on the basis of what is best for the entire city.
"I've taken the geographical issue out of it," Toller said.
The other two candidates for the vacant council seat were former councilman Lynn Kenison and Tom Ramage, who currently serves as chairman of the board of adjustments.
The four-member council first narrowed the field of candidates to two by casting secret ballots in the public meeting.
Johnson said he preferred it that way to preserve "the dignity and respect" of the candidates, comparing the appointment to choosing ball teams on the playground. The last person picked often feels bad, Johnson said.
Steele and Judd survived the preliminary voting, but Judd beat Steele 3-1 in the final votes cast by Councilmen Wendell Wild, Bruce Talbot, Craig Hammond and Toller.
Apparently trying to distance himself from the earlier geographical arguments, Judd told the council after his appointment, "I hope to represent the interests of all the citizens of West Bountiful. Serving (on the council) is something I've always wanted to do."