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Field set for council vacancies; six to be interviewed Tuesday

Feb 3, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

A final pool of six hopefuls has been finalized for the two vacancies on the Riverton City Council.

Six candidates submitted their formal letters of interest to Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness at City Hall before Friday's noon deadline.

Filing letters of intent for the Ward 1 city council seat were Phil Lavoie, Waylon Oldman, Kyle Larson and Betty Malicki.

For Ward 3, Lars Baker and Martin Cannan submitted their letters of interest.

The council and mayor formally declared the vacancies on Jan. 7 and gave Riverton residents until Jan. 31 to turn in a letter expressing their interest.

Now, council members and the mayor have until the next regular council meeting to review the letters of interest before they conduct interviews on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

A decision on one of both of the vacancies is expected at Tuesday's meeting, but the council could take additional time for deliberation.

The Ward 1 council seat was held by Eric Heiser, who resigned his Ward 1 seat in December in order to accept a job in Utah.

Vacating the Ward 3 position was Lars Bake, who retired from the Fremont County Weed and Pest Control District and was required temporarily to end all ties with other entities under the same state retirement system in order to be eligible for his full retirement benefits from his county job, which he held for nearly 40 years.

At the time he resigned from the council in December, Baker said he would re-apply for the seat so that he could complete his term.

He would not lose the benefits from his retirement, he said, so as long as he completed a 30-day separation requirement. The city pays some benefits under the state system.

The two council members chosen this week would fill out the remainder of each term, then would be able to run for the seats in the next election.

The Ward 1 seat is up for election this year, while the Ward 3 seat will next be on the ballot in 2016.

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