During their final meeting of 2010 on December 13, the City of Mason Commission began the task of finding a replacement for Commissioner Jared Carter who resigned his seat in November.
The first order of business at the meeting concerned possible nominees for the position. Five individuals had placed their names before the City Commission for consideration, and they were in the audience to answer any questions the mayor and commissioners might pose. Those individuals were: Jimmie Lange, Dane Phillips, Tammy Gardner, Carolyn Copeland and John Schafft. Each potential nominee was given an opportunity to address the Commission, though only Mrs. Copeland and Mrs. Garner chose to make statements.
Commissioner Anna Velez expressed a desire to move quickly to fill the vacant seat. Commissioners Bob Vacek and William Beaty both offered that they would prefer to wait so that they could have time to look over the qualifications of the nominees. Ms. Velez suggested that there were important issues before the Commission in the coming year, and the citizens of District 1 needed to know they had representation.
Commissioner Beaty moved to appoint Jimmie Lange to fill the seat, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Vacek. When a vote was taken, Commissioners Vacek and Beaty voted for, Commissioner Velez and Mayor Hinckley voted against, and the motion failed.
Discussion followed noting that it was going to be difficult to find any nominee that would be able to get the required number of votes to be appointed. Mayor Hinckley noted that there is no required timeframe to fill the vacancy and suggested it be deferred till the January meeting.