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Path to Fill Commissioner’s Seat Underway

Jeff Garretson - August 12, 2014 12:53 pm

Salina City Commissioner Barb Shirley resigned Monday, setting the stage for discussions on how to fill her seat.

Shirley, who is the final year of a four year term announced her resignation at the end Monday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting. She has pledged to stay on the commission until a replacement is found.

City Manager Jason Gage joined in on the KSAL Morning News Tuesday with a look at the process in finding her replacement, “We work from state law, we don’t have a local policy,” he said.

“State law says that the City Commission can choose the person who sits in the chair until the end of the term.”

Gage says one option the commission will consider is to bring back a former member who is not planning to run in the upcoming election to finish out Barb Shirley’s term.

“They know how the process works they could sit in the chair, we could move and get our stuff done – then step out and allow the election to do its thing.”

Gage added that commissioners will talk about that path during their regularly scheduled meeting next Monday, August 18th.

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