After over an hour of deliberation, the Ward 6 Advisory Committee will recommend that Chris Plante fill the vacant City Council seat. The other two people that interviewed for the Ward 6 spot Monday were Patty Dillabough and Dylane Klatt.
After the interviews, committee members, which included current City Council members Jake Fee, Bobby Baird, Steve Erickson, Don Cavalier, Tom Vedbraaten, Clayton Briggs and interim mayor Dale Stainbrook, plus City Attorney Corky Reynolds, and Ward 6 reps Dennis Martin and Preston Hoiseth, went back and forth listing the candidates' strengths and weaknesses.
During their first vote around the table listing each person's top two choices, one candidate stood above the others. Later, in a similar vote around the table with each person listing their number one choice, it came down to a tie leaving out the previous candidate who was first the top choice.
The City Council makes the ultimate decision in who to appoint and, after being reminded by Reynolds that the Council could only pass a resolution with five votes, another round of pros and cons were listed around the room. Two council members voted for one candidate and four council members voted for another.
Soon thereafter, one of council members changed his vote and the decision was made that the committee would recommend Plante.
Citing the next upcoming council meeting on October 14 where the Ward 6 candidate would be officially voted on by the Council, Stainbrook vocalized that he hoped there wouldn't be any "drama" when it came down to the final vote.
During Monday's discussion, the mayoral vacancy also came up and it was said that a declaration for that vacancy will be announced, as well, on October 14 and the council has the right to either have an open process with interviews or they can appoint someone.