A new member of the City Council will be selected Tuesday. Three candidates have applied to represent District 1, the northwest part of the city.
Seeking to serve the remaining 17 months of Gary Ferrero's term are Chad A. Soffe, Robert C. Bowden II and Richard V. Stauffer.Ferrero resigned from the council July 14 to accept a position as judge for the new Murray City Justice Court, which will begin operations Jan. 1.
Soffe, who ran for mayor in the last election, is a Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputy and serves as a volunteer reserve officer for the Murray City Police Department.
A graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in sociology, he also holds a certificate in criminology and corrections and serves as vice president of the Utah State Fraternal Order of Police.
Bowden, branch manager for a mortgage lending company, has been active in the State Republican Party as well as Boy Scouting and coaching for Murray youth recreation programs.
Educated at Weber State and Boise State universities, he is a licensed real estate broker and has one unique qualification among the candidates - he's a professional magician.
Stauffer, a development economist with a master's degree in business administration from the University of Utah, has been a consultant to the Bechtel Corp for the last nine years. He also has advised the United Nations Industrial Development Program and International Development Planners.
He has 40 years of domestic and international experience in preparing industrial development studies, economic and financial feasibility studies, regional development plans, urban planning studies, industrial site selection and market research studies.
Jacobs said the order of the interviews was established by drawing names out of a hat "so there wouldn't be any question" of bias."
Prior to the meeting, there will be reception from 2 to 4 p.m. to honor Ferrero for his 11 years of service on the council. For six of those years, he served as chairman of the council's budget committee.