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Galt City Council to pick temporary member

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Randy Shelton

Barbara Payne

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 10:03 am, Tue Aug 10, 2010.

The Galt City Council is still looking for someone to replace Councilman Andrew Meredith, who resigned on July 7.

The council has until Aug. 7 to either appoint a temporary council member or leave the position vacant until the Nov. 2 election.

At the council’s last meeting, the four remaining members voted to appoint a replacement and decide at this Wednesday’s meeting. It is scheduled for a Wednesday because Tuesday is National Night Out.

Anyone who wants to apply can submit a letter of intent in advance. The council has receive letters of intent from five residents; Al Baldwin, Raymond Cormier Jr., Marylou Powers, Sam Moreno and John Slaughterback.

Jeff Hood, who is the Lodi City Council spokesman, also submitted a letter on July 20, the day of the last council meeting. He said his main concern was that the council would appoint at that meeting instead of getting more applications. He does not plan to pursue the temporary position.

The council will also allow anyone who attends Wednesday’s meeting to be considered.

Describing it like a job interview, Mayor Randy Shelton said the council will most likely ask each person to speak for five minutes, and then possibly ask questions.

“People who show up at the podium without the letter have just as much of an advantage as those who submit a letter,” Shelton said.

At least three council members will need to vote in favor of a replacement, Shelton said.

“I’m hoping we can compromise and all agree on one candidate,” Shelton said.

Councilwoman Barbara Payne said it is possible that someone who shows up could be appointed, but it is helpful if they submit a letter.

“I think logically I would put more emphasis that they took the time to write a letter, and kind of given some evidence that they’ve given some thought to it,” she said.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/city_buzz.

How can you apply?

Anyone interested in the position can send a letter of intent to the Galt City Clerk, City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt. Potential candidates can also attend Wednesday night’s meeting at 7 p.m. at Galt City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Who has applied?

Below are five letters of intent from residents interested in a temporary Galt City Council position. They are lightly edited for style.

We will run every letter the city receives between now and Wednesday either in the News-Sentinel or at www.lodinews.com/ blogs/city_buzz.

July 22, 2010

Letter from Al Baldwin

I would appreciate your consideration in the selection for the temporary council position.

  1. Any decision that I would vote for would need to be in the best interest of Galt.
  2. I think you need a person of good character and with traits of honesty and respect and (who) has a past record of trust.
  3. I am involved with many activities in Galt and go to council meetings to keep up-to-date on what is going on.
  4. I go to Galt High School board meetings, Galt Elementary School board meetings and Galt Planning Commission meetings when I can.
  5. I am involved with the Galt Community of Character Coalition and the Galt Horse Assisted Learning Enrichment Program. I am on two boards: the Galt Area Historical Society and the Galt Community Transportation Agency.

July 22, 2010

Letter from Raymond Cormier Jr.

I am putting my name in to fill the position on city council. I am not going to run.

July 26, 2010

Letter from Marylou Powers

Please accept this letter of interest regarding placement of the city council seat that was vacated by Councilman Andrew Meredith.

With over seven years on the Galt Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board, most recently as chairperson, and one year as vice chair of the Measure R Oversight Committee, I feel I am well-qualified for the position.

Prior to working in Galt, I was employed with the city of Sacramento as an administrative assistant and district director to three city council members, so I am well versed in the workings of city government.

I have tackled fiscal responsibility, in taking South County Services from bankruptcy to a viable safety net nonprofit organization in Galt.

And, because I work in town, I am in close contact with the residents of this fine city on a daily basis.

July 26, 2010

Letter from John Slaughterback

I’m requesting council’s consideration for appointment to the city council to fill the vacancy and remaining term of Andrew Meredith.

Qualifications: I am a team player and able to work with colleagues to form an amicable consensus.

Motivation: I feel it’s a person’s civic duty to be involved in city affairs, so the people can have a government for the people by the people.

July 30, 2010

Letter from Sam Moreno

I am requesting consideration for the vacant seat on the Galt City Council. I have been a resident in the city of Galt since 1994. Over a 16-year period, I have seen the city of Galt develop into a thriving, contemporary city. Our city is a fantastic place for families to live and to raise children. The resources that Galt has, specifically our police and fire departments, strengthen our city, making it a safe and desirable place to live. As you know the Galt City School District is becoming one of the most impressive systems in the state of California. The various schools’ test scores continue to move forward, and the sport programs are outstanding.

I have listed below a summary of my background that outlines my professional and personal experience:

  • Retired as captain from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2009.
  • Served 28 years with CDCR.
  • I served as the Institutional Gang Investigator at several institutions.
  • I provided training to several law enforcement departments in the area of prison gang identification, investigation, validation and debriefing.
  • I served as a Internal Affairs Investigator.
  • I served as a member of the Special Emergency Response Team from 1984 to 2000.
  • I was a senior SERT instructor, specializing in Hostage Rescue Training.
  • I have had the honor to train with the FBI, Navy Seals, LAPD and other HRT teams.
  • I am active with the Galt Young Marines; my son is currently a squad leader.
  • I have coached soccer and softball for the youths of Galt.

I believe that during this temporary term remaining in the city council, I will provide the citizens of Galt my support, motivation and vision for the future development of Galt. Additionally, using my professional experience and support for the Galt Police Department with their ongoing mission to suppress gang violence in Galt.

I would be privileged to expand on my qualifications and visions.

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