Six people who applied with the Grand Junction City Council to replace Councilor Duncan McArthur, who recently resigned due to health reasons, will be quizzed by current council members at a special meeting called for tonight.
The six people who applied before the city's June 21 deadline and will be interviewed tonight are: Kraig Andrews, Daniel Fouts, Michael Gibson, Abram Herman, Sarah McCarthy and Andrew Sweet.
McArthur has served District E — which covers the city south of Riverside Parkway, and part of downtown between Seventh and 12th streets north to Orchard Avenue — since June 2013, when he was appointed to the seat following the death of Harry Butler. McArthur won two unopposed elections to the seat, in 2015 and 2017, meaning District E voters haven't had a real crack at choosing their representative since Butler beat McArthur for the seat in April 2013.
In May, McArthur offered his resignation in surprise fashion during one of the body's regular weekly council meetings. He cited ongoing respiratory issues and having to move to a lower elevation on a physician's advice.
Each of the six candidates will get a chance to answer multiple questions from current City Council members tonight, with answers limited to a couple of minutes each.
Council members are expected to take the information from the interviews and come up with a replacement within weeks, surmised Greg LeBlanc, assistant to the city manager. Council members ultimately will decide the path forward and the timing to name McArthur's replacement at the meeting tonight, LeBlanc said.
City charter dictates that, once appointed, the replacement council member will serve until the next municipal election — April 2021, LeBlanc believes — when a successor will be chosen for the unexpired term.
Also according to city charter, any appointment of a replacement council member minimally would require a motion, second and an affirmative vote of a majority of the council, LeBlanc said. The appointment — the date of which will be up to current councilors — will occur in open session and with voice votes, but details of the council's decision and deliberations aren't likely to be made public unless revealed by individual councilors themselves.
The meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St. and is open to the public.