Tonight’s Amarillo City Council meeting lasted only 30 minutes, yet one very important topic was discussed.
Finding a replacement for outgoing council member Brian Eades.
He is stepping down at the end of July.
But how were the finalists selected?
Mayor Paul Harpole says, “In our case, what we decided to do was since we had 14 candidates is each of us, all four of us, each submitted our ranking one through 14. Those were simply added up and the top five lowest scores are who we announced.”
The finalists are:
Lisa Blake, who is the current Executive Director of Leadership Amarillo.
John Ingerson, who has run for city council twice and lost both times, however he was still able to get into the final five.
Randy Burkett, City Council Place 3 says, “It was up to the process, so he got brought in. John knows a lot about the city. Really all of this is going to come down how the people interview and things like that. I for one have not made up my mind on anyone right now.”
The final three candidates are:
James Lowder, an architect who was also once rewarded the Meritorious Service Medal while in the US Navy.
Sandra McCartt, who was previously a strong opponent of the Multi-Purpose Event Venue, recently acknowledged that she has switched her stance.
Finally, Thomas Warren II, who is a local business owner and senior editor of On The Road Magazine.
Eades can not vote on his replacement, but the council says he will be a part of the interview process.
Mark Nair, City Council Place 4 says, “He’s a council member. I think he should have every opportunity to ask the questions he wants to, to be involved in the conversation, to say this is the kind of person that should replace me.”
Brian Eades has been an Amarillo City Council member since 2007.