Who’s on fourth at Fruita council?
Bob Fuller came in fourth in the Fruita City Council elections earlier this month. And there ended up being four vacancies on the council that night. Since the vacant council seats are alloted to the top vote-getters, one might think Fuller would now be a member of the Fruita council.
But he’s not, due to a technicality in the city charter.
New Mayor Ken Henry was elected while he was a member of the City Council. So his seat didn’t actually become vacant until the votes were counted and he was declared mayor. And, according to the charter, a vacancy that occurs after the election must be filled by an appointment made by the other council members.
At its meeting last week, the City Council decided to interview several candidates, including Fuller, and then determine whom to appoint to fill the fourth vacancy.
They ought to simply appoint Fuller, who clearly had support of enough voters to win the seat, and dispense with the idea that they’re better qualified to choose a fellow council member than the very voters who elected all of them.