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Council used open process to fill vacancy

July 10th, 2018 | by alexander
Council used open process to fill vacancy
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By MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY

Guest Writer

At its June 28 meeting, the Chandler City Council unanimously voted to select Jeremy McClymonds to fill the vacant seat on the Council. He replaces former Councilmember Nora Ellen, who left her term early to run for a seat in the state Legislature.

More about Jeremy in a bit, but first, I want to discuss the process that got us where we are today.

This was a very transparent and open process. And it was critical to do a comprehensive search, given there is two-and-a-half years left in this term.

Though the city charter limits us to 30 days to make an appointment, we moved quickly to ensure proper notification to the community of this opportunity.

We received 36 applications from very highly qualified residents. From that point, the Council spent hours deciding how to narrow the list for public interviews.

I want to thank all of the applicants for their willingness to fill the vacancy position.

Each of the nine candidates we interviewed on June 25 had unique backgrounds and skill sets that would have served this community very well.

All of them share the passion and engagement that this community deserves in its public officials. It was a very hard decision to make, and one that we did not take lightly.

After lengthy discussion in Monday’s executive session, the City Council approved the selection of McClymonds.

I hope all of these candidates remain engaged in Chandler, and supportive of the Council’s final decision. They certainly bring a lot of enthusiasm to the table and genuinely care about this community. That was wonderful to experience and bodes well for our city’s future.

And now, here is a little more about Jeremy.

A 15-year resident, he is a financial advisor and investment specialist, with his own firm, FORM Prosperity Wealth Advisors. He is also very active in the Chamber of Commerce and a past chairman of the board of directors.

He also served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Board and is a member of the Chandler Compadres and Chandler Kiwanis Young Professionals group.

He has a been a strong supporter of our city for many years, having chaired the YES for Prop 493 committee, in support of the passage of the city’s General Plan in 2016.

I know he will serve in the best interest of the community these next two-plus years, and I look forward to working beside him through the end of my term.

While the government process can sometimes appear messy and bureaucratic at other levels or in other regions of the country, this was a very transparent process that worked well.

And for that, this community will be better for it moving forward.

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