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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, January 24, 2019

MINUTES
January 24, 2019

Medford Room, Medford City Hall
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room of Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon (left at 9:00 p.m.), Alex Poythress, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski; City Attorney Lori Cooper and Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
 
Citizens Interview Committee members Rick Bennett, Greg Jones, Bob Neathamer, Marcy Pierce and Rick Whitlock all arrived at 10:00 p.m. and left the meeting at 10:12 p.m.
 
Ward 4 Vacancy Interviews
The City Council held interviews of the following candidates for the Ward 4 Council vacancy:
 
  • Richard Bradshaw
  • Michael Campbell
  • Kevin Keating
  • Eric Stark
  • Michelle Blum Atkinson
  • Jessica Gomez
 
Mayor Wheeler declared a recess at 9:00 p.m. and Councilmember Gordon left the meeting.
 
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Council reconvened at 9:30 p.m. to complete the last interview of:
 
  • Dylan Moncus
     
At 10:00 p.m. the Citizens Interview Committee joined the Council.  Committee Chair Rick Whitlock advised that the Committee’s top three candidates were Jessica Gomez, Eric Stark and Michael Campbell. The citizens answered Council’s questions regarding their selection. Council thanked the group for volunteering their time and providing recommendations.  All members of the Citizens Interview Committee left the meeting at 10:12 p.m.
 
After discussing how to proceed, Council decided to hold a special meeting on January 31, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity for public input and to vote for the appointment of a Ward 4 Councilmember.  The newly appointed Councilmember would be notified and sworn into office at the beginning of the February 7, 2019 meeting.
 
All Councilmembers praised the candidates and stated all applicants had particular qualities that would benefit the community. Council discussed the individual candidates, outlining their opinions of how the candidates’ history, work experience, ideas for improvement and specific viewpoints would align with the Council’s current goals and vision.
 
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
Winnie Shepard, CMC
Deputy City Recorder
 
 

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