The selection processes for filling two vacancies - the public safety director's post and a seat on the City Council - are in the advanced stages with a council replacement expected Tuesday.
The mayor and City Council on Tuesday interviewed 18 people who applied for the council vacancy created when Harvey Cahoon resigned his post March 6 because he is moving out of state.The three finalists for the council post are Max Hogan, a former Planning Commission member; Kathy Hilton, a Board of Adjustments member, and Harold Black, who served on the city's Master Plan Committee.
Mayor Kristin Lambert said the council will interview three finalists for the job and will likely choose a replacement for Cahoon Tuesday.
"We had a lot of good candidates," Lambert said. "The deciding factor was community participation. The others hadn't been very active up to this point in the community."
The person selected to fill Cahoon's unexpired term has the option of serving just until December or running for election in November to try to retain the post for the two remaining years of the four-year term.
Also on the ballot in November will be Penny Atkinson's four-year council post and the mayor's seat. Lambert has said she will not seek re-election. Atkinson first joined the council after being appointed to fill Lambert's seat when Lambert was appointed mayor to fill the unexpired term of then-Mayor Bob Roberts. Cahoon first joined the council - by appointment - as a replacement for Betty Naylor, who resigned her elected post to take a paid job with the city.
Lambert said there has been an interesting trend in the string of appointments to West Jordan's elected posts. "Last time when we appointed (a replacement for) Betty's seat we had 20 candidates. Yet in the fall when we had the election, only seven people ran," she said. "This time around, I hope that doesn't happen. We had 18 good applicants. I hope they will be willing to go through the election process."
For the public safety director's job, the field of more than 50 applicants has been trimmed to six, said City Manager Ron Olson.
The finalists for that job have been invited to participate in a day-long evaluation March 31, he said. After that, "I'd like to make a decision as quickly as possible," Olson said.
Former Chief Kal O. Farr resigned the post effective Jan. 1 to take a private-sector job. Lt. Ken McGuire is serving as interim chief until a permanent replacement is named.