The call of civic duty is alive and well in Tiburon — as made evident by the 21 applicants jockeying for two interim seats on the Town Council.
“I would say I was surprised, pleasantly surprised,” Mayor Jim Fraser said of the large pool of candidates who turned in applications last week.
At the Town Council meeting Wednesday, Fraser and the sitting council members interviewed five candidates marking the first round of three interview sessions.
The applicants interviewed Wednesday included Jon Welner, an environmental law attorney and town planning commissioner; Jack Ryan, a financial adviser; David Kulik, a pilot and town planning commissioner; Daren Wein, founder of a legal consulting firm and Angela McInerney, a former teacher.
The applicants are vying for seats to be vacated by council members Erin Tollini and Frank Doyle — both of whom are leaving in the first half of four-year terms. Doyle’s final council meeting was Wednesday. Tollini’s resignation is effective in June.
“The applicants are very, very qualified with diverse backgrounds,” Fraser said. “These are people who care, who want to help and want to serve — passionate people. We are very happy with that.”
Town Manager Greg Chanis said the remaining candidates will be vetted at two special meetings scheduled for June 6 and 13. Eight applicants will be interviewed at each meeting. The council at its June 21 meeting will consider which two to appoint to the seats. The selected candidates are scheduled to be sworn in at the council’s regular July 5 meeting.
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