PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prineville City Councilor Jack Seley stepped down, late last week, creating a vacancy remaining Councilors will need to fill. Mayor Betty Roppe says after a decade on Council, Seley felt he couldn’t complete his term. She tells KBND News, "He said that he was very conscientious about making sure he could provide all the needed attendance to everything that is going on. And, he’s finding that as he gets older, his health is not as good as it was, and he’s not fulfilling those needs; in his opinion."
Mayor Roppe is hopeful to have a new Councilor appointed by the end of the month. "The person who fills that position is somebody we want to have a really strong desire to work for the benefit of the city. This is a non-paid position. And, we want them to help make the decisions that run the city." Applications are available at City Hall
and are due by 5 p.m., September 15. "I and the remaining councilors will review all of those applications. We will probably ask those people to come and be interviewed. Then, the remaining six of us will each have a vote on who we would choose." That person would complete Seley's term, which ends in December 2018.
Back Row (L-R) Councilor Steve Uffelman, Councilor Teresa Rodriguez, Mayor Betty Roppe, Councilor Jack Seley
Front Row (L-R) Councilor Jason Beebe, Councilor Gail Merritt, Councilor Jeff Papke