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New Salina City Commissioner Appointed

KSAL Staff - August 18, 2014 8:45 pm

Dr. Trent Davis will soon have a seat on the Salina City Commission.

During Monday’s meeting, commissioners decided to appoint Davis to fill the spot of commissioner Barb Shirley, who resigned last week. 

Shirley had agreed to stay on until a new commissioner was selected.

Davis was selected from a group of five people who expressed interest in the position. The others included Alan Jilka, Abner Perney, Kristin Gunn, and Joe Hay.

Shirley tells KSAL News that Davis is a “fantastic appointment”. She added “I’ve been urging him for years to run for office”.

Shirley’s last day will be August 25th. Davis will be sworn in on September 8th, the Monday after Labor Day. 

When she resigned, Shirley cited time concerns, saying that she could not fully commit the time needed as a commissioner. “The City Commission deserves a member who can fully commit to its time demands” she said.

Shirley was first elected in 2011, and served as Salina’s mayor in 2013. During her time as mayor Shirley was a big proponent of equal rights, and joined a national group of mayors who support gay marriage. She became the first Kansas Mayor to join more than 350 other mayors across the country to join Mayors for Freedom to Marry.

When the city commission did its routine reorganization in January, and Shirley’s term as mayor ended, she said it was a tough year personally for her. “I had two job changes, I lost my son, and my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer” she said. Since then her father has passed away.

Julian Webb

August 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

Sorry but the city commission with its group made the wrong decision. It does seem not to matter how many people are on the commission when they keep shooting themselves in the foot. By the way why is the bridge on Greeley being replaced?

Julian Webb

August 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

My comment on the Greeley bridge should have said not being replaced. That road has been closed my h to long and the city commissioners need to get it opened asap.

Leonard Fishburn

August 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I will say that it was a very bad decision on the city commissions part , but at least he won’t get to hide behind the board and will have to be more transparent.

Robert Protzman

August 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I’m curious as what makes this decision a bad one. Mr. Davis seems to be a person with a lot of passion for the community and has been engaged in making Salina a better city in which to live. But, I do not personally know him. What criteria should have been used to make this decision? I would agree that this city commission has made some very confusing decisions but how do we know whether Mr. Davis will make it better, or worse. Just asking.

Julian Webb

August 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

To answer Mr P. Question all we have to do is look at the same thinking like his when it comes to the president of the U.S. This guy has an agenda as he has been a part of groups that do not help Salina at all. You can stay loyal to your friend but in time all will see just what he does or does not do.

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