The deadline has come and gone, and the Amarillo City Council moves closer to finding its final member. This, after Councilman Brian Eades announced he’s leaving this summer.
The Council is now vetting 14 applications to fill a soon-to-be vacant position.
The deadline to apply was today at 5 p.m.
Vying for the position is Tom Warren, Tim Fielder, Anthony Harris, John Ingerson, Sandra McCart, Cole Camp, Brennan Leggett, Edward Sauer, Gilbert Zamora, Lisa Blake, James Lowder, Brian Nixon, Freda Powell and Steven Rosas.
Mayor Paul Harpole said the City Council will review their applications and narrow the number down to about five or six candidates.
“I want to know about their background. I want to know what they’ve done to prepare themselves for this type of position,” Harpole said. “How long have you been involved in certain community activities.”
Harpole said an important quality for a council member to have is their ability to listen.
“We learn when we listen, and to listen to the public and be good at taking the slings and arrows that might be there, as well as the accolades is really important to me,” Harpole said.
He tells KAMR Local 4 News/Fox 14 News another important quality is committment. He says if any candidate who earns an interview misses their appointment, they’ll be out of the running.
“You’ll make time for this,” Harpole said. “It’s important.”
When it comes to the one-on-one interviews, each council member submitted a few questions. They then condensed the comprised list to the questions they felt were most important.
We’re told Councilman Eades will help with some of the process, but will not take part in making the final decision.
The City Council hopes for the newest addition to start around August 2.
Councilman Eades is scheduled to leave in July. He’s moving to open a clinic in rural Southwestern Colorado.