Eight people submit names to fill Ivens seat on Maryville City Council

Eight people have submitted resumes to fill the position on Maryville City Council left vacant following the death of longtime councilman and realtor Ron Ivens.

Maryville City attorney David Black handled accepting the resumes from the interested individuals. The deadline for turning in resumes was end of business day on Oct. 1.

Pam Arnett, public information officer for the City of Maryville released the names Thursday afternoon. The eight individuals who submitted resumes are:

* Ernie Blankenship

* Ted Burkhalter

* Dede Christopher

* Barbara Crowder

* Gene Hamilton

* Teresa Horn

* Fred Metz

* James Tosh

Arnett said there would be discussion with the candidates at the upcoming Oct. 15 work session. The final decision will be made at the next council meeting in November, which will be on Nov. 4. “Our plan is to swear that person in with the other two elected council persons at the December council meeting on Dec. 2,” she said.

Mayor Joe Swann said the council is going to try to pare down the list to three people and then interview those three people in some form of public forum.

“David is sending out list of the people, and we’ll send him back our choices we make independently,” Swann said. “We want to find the best possible candidate and the best way to do that is to start with the list of people we have, pare that down to where we have consensus of which candidates we want to interview for the job, interview those people and decide based on what we hear.

“Obviously we want somebody who is going fill the spot Ron vacated in a way that reflects the community,” Swann said.

The mayor said he wants someone who is a good decision maker, a person who has vision for the community and shares a vision with the council. “Diversity helps, too, we’re looking for someone who will make a good contribution to the council,’ he said.

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