By Staff Reports
(Adelanto)—In a unanimous vote to determine the process to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Jermaine Wright, the Adelanto City Council chose to solicit applications, conduct interviews and appoint a resident to fill Wright’s unexpired term, which is set to expire November 2020.
Although Councilman Ed Camargo initially called for a Special Election—at an estimated cost of approximately $70,000—he voted along with the majority to allow the Council to interview potential candidates to choose the appointee.
“We are following the steps in the city’s Charter which says we must act within 30 days from the day that the seat on the Council was vacated,” said Mayor Rich Kerr. According to the City’s Charter because Mayor Pro Tem Wright has not attended any City Council meetings for more than 60 consecutive days, he last attended October 25, he is considered having abandoned his office and the seat on the Council is now vacant.
Instead of holding a special election the Council chose to allow residents to submit resumes for the vacant position, with resumes due to City Hall no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 16. “We’ll conduct interviews in open session on January 23 and make a final selection at that time,” said Kerr. Applicants must be an Adelanto resident and at least 18 years of age.
In a separate move related to Councilman Wright’s departure, the Council chose Councilmember John “Bug” Woodard as the Mayor Pro Tem. Woodard was nominated by Mayor Kerr and unanimously approved by the Council. Councilman Charley Glasper made it clear that the title Mayor Pro Tem could be bestowed to either Council member and that Wright was not elected to the position.
For more information about the application process to fill Wright’s vacant seat, contact Cindy Herrera at (760) 246-2300, extension 11122.