Sixteen people, ranging from a former mayor to the nation's youngest elector, have applied to fill a vacancy on the City Council.
Thirteen men and three women submitted applications before the Monday afternoon deadline to fill the post that was created when Phyllis Southwick resigned. The council has scheduled about 2 1/2 hours of interviews to talk to all of the candidates Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m. A final selection is expected to be made at the council's regular meeting Wednesday.Candidates include former Bountiful Mayor Elmer Barlow and David Fowers, a University of Utah student who was the youngest person to ever vote in the Electoral College in 1984. He has also been an intern at the White House.
Former council members Robert Linnell and J. Dean Hill have also applied for the position. Hill served on the council from 1982 to 1985. Linnell served on the council from 1980 to 1984.
Four local attorneys have also applied. They include Robert D. Rose, Larry L. Whyte, Michael Nielsen and Nelda Bishop. Bishop, a Democrat, lost a recent bid for a state senate seat.
Bishop is also one of three women to apply for the post. Others are Theo Italasano, a former member of the Davis School Board, and Irene A Witmer, a former downtown merchant. If a woman were chosen for the post, she would be the fourth woman ever to serve on the council.
Other applicants include Larry Moody, a West Valley police officer; Delbert Duerden, a former downtown merchant; H. Boyd Mortensen, a retired manager of Ogden Iron Works; Robert Robinson, an administrator with US West; Douglas Stout, retired customer service supervisor with Utah Power & Light and past president of the Bountiful Area Chamber of Commerce; and Samuel R. Fowler, a Mountain Fuel executive.
Whoever is selected will serve until Dec. 30. A replacement will be selected as part of municipal elections in November.
After the applicants speak Tuesday, they may be discussed in a closed meeting. The council agenda sent to the press lists "executive session to discuss personnel." City Manager Tom Hardy said he will recommend that the applicants be discussed in a closed session. Of course, such an action requires a majority vote of the council. The state open meetings law is unclear about whether city council applicants are considered in the same light as city employees, which officials frequently discuss in closed meeting.