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Three file for city council vacancies; Baker among them
Jan 15, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The City of Riverton so far has received three letters of interest to fill city council vacancies in Wards 1 and 3.
As expected, one of them is from Lars Baker, the Ward 3 councilman who resigned recently in order to meet a technical requirement concerning his retirement benefits from a job with county government.
City administrator Steven Weaver said Baker and Martin Cannan have turned in their letters to represent Ward 3.
Phil Lavoie has filed his letter for Ward 1.
Cannan resides on Riverview Road, while Baker's home is on West Main Street. Lavoie's registered address is on the 500 block of North 15th street.
Cannan has been living at the address since 2003 and now works a part-time security job since his retirement from the U.S. Air Force. In a Wednesday interview, Cannan said he's seen Riverton have its share of good and bad changes but always with the potential of becoming a better place with a lot to offer its residents.
"Riverton has the opportunity and ability to do that," he said. "The council has that kind of people that are going to give that little push in the right direction."
Lavoie is a longtime Riverton businessman with ownership in dry cleaning and embroidery businesses.
Baker decided to step down so that he could qualify for full state retirement from his job as Fremont County Weed and Pest supervisor. The City of Riverton also pays some benefits under the same Wyoming retirement system, and regulations forbid an employee from drawing a paycheck from one participating entity while claiming retirement from another.
Baker is eligible to rejoin the system after 30 days. He resigned at the end of December and could reclaim his seat having missed only about a month of service.
Timeline to fill seat
Riverton residents have until noon Friday, Jan. 31, to submit their letters of interest to the mayor.
Interviews for all those who turn in their letters on time will be done during the regular council meeting on Feb. 4. On that day the council plans to go into executive session to discuss candidates, then name the replacements at the next regular meeting or, perhaps, call a special meeting for that purpose.
Eric Heiser occupied the council seat for Ward 1 up until the beginning of December, when he announced he would be resigning to accept a job as an associate dean at the School of Applied Technology at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.
He was first appointed in 2005 to fill a vacancy and later ran unopposed in two elections.
Heiser had one year remaining in his term. The appointed council member could run for the seat later this year.
Baker said in the following regular meeting in December that he would reapply for the council seat. He also was appointed to fill a vacancy seven years ago and since has been elected twice. If re-appointed, his term will remain uninterrupted.