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Cloverdale will appoint replacement to City Council

Mary Ann Brigham


The Cloverdale City Council has decided to appoint someone to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilwoman Mary Ann Brigham.

Rather than spend $16,000 to $26,000 on a special election, the council agreed late Wednesday to appoint a replacement for Brigham’s remaining two years.

Brigham resigned last week, citing a desire to spend more time tending to her business and family.

The resignation came too late for voters to choose her replacement in the November election. A special election could have been held in March at the earliest, financed with money from the general fund, which is under pressure.

“The city is already facing a deficit as it struggles to provide police, parks, street maintenance and other important services,” City Manager Nina Regor said in a statement.

“I think we have some talent out there and some knowledgeable people and don’t have to go through the expense of a special election,” Mayor Carol Russell said Thursday.

Applicants have until 5 p.m. on Sept 3 to submit a letter of interest to City Hall. They must be 18 years old, registered to voter and have lived in Cloverdale at least 29 days prior to being appointed.

The City Council has until Sept. 16 to make its decision.

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