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8/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
16 apply to fill Kingman City Council vacancy
Pete Byers
Pete Byers

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Sixteen residents formally applied to fill a vacancy on the City Council by Friday's 4 p.m. deadline.

The empty seat was created when former Mayor John Salem stepped down midterm July 31.

The City Council will review the applications at their next meeting Sept. 3.

In recent meetings, the City Council discussed inviting applicants to speak to the public, but it was suggested they might whittle down the number beforehand.

Whoever prevails will serve until Dec. 31, 2014, at a salary of $6,000 per year.

The applicants are: Mike Bihuniak, Jen Miles, Ed Jones, Jack Shepherd, Mike Roberts, Pete Byers, Brent Potter, Bill Couch, Allen Mossberg, Kent Simmons, George Francuski, Dwayne Patterson, Clint Colbert, Dr. Jeri Brock, Chuck Waalkens, and Candace Peek.

Byers has experience in public office, having previously served as a county supervisor. His term expired in December 2008.

The Miner will attempt to interview as many applicants as possible this week in an effort to give residents a small idea of what each might bring to the table.

The City Council on Tuesday elected to postpone electing a vice mayor until the seat is filled. The vice mayor earns $7,500 a year.

Also, the new member will likely participate in choosing the next city manager now that the Council has rescinded an employment offer to John Michrina following a breakdown in negotiations.

While state statutes require the City Council to fill vacancies via appointment, the law does not specify how that process should play out.

City Attorney Carl Cooper suggested the City Council seek letters of interest from the community, but little information on what will occur next has been discussed, at least in public.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Article comment by: Watching from the sidelines

Great to see so many people wanting to get involved in local politics. Good to see the newbies and the no-so newbies. I think Mr. Byers has the experience and civic pride that is needed to help our fair city, just as some of the others do. Not too sure about the ex-raid guys but still Good Luck to them all!

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Kingmanmom .

I want to know the same thing:

Kingman Tabloid
Why did the miner go out of the way to show bias by hand picking ONE candidate and showing his picture along with brief info on them?

Would be nice if this paper wasnt bias on alot of things. Guess the paper still stays "Small Town, Small Ideas"


Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Walter Kessler

Oh Goodie more members of the "Good old Boy" group. Just what we need to go along with the County Board of Supervisors more "Good old Boy" politics. Please make it stop, enough already - time for Pete Byers to enjoy retirement and sail off in the sunset on the pension that the County taxpayers were kind enough to pay for!

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Curtis Cutshaw

We need someone that has experience to fill this vacant spot on the City Council.Someone that can hit the floor running and that is Pete Byers. My choice is Pete

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"vice mayor makes 7,500? mayor makes 6,000 per year? how does that work?"

Doesn't say that. Regular Council member gets $6000, Vice gets $7200, believe the Mayor gets $9600 (all figures as of 2011).


Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Conerned Citizen

Byers - Really - what did he do as supervisor which makes him the top candidate? Answer - Nothing! Some people never want to leave the public trough - but the time as come for Byers to move on. Mike Bihuniak is qualified and I see him at council meetings which shows a high interest in what this city is doing. My vote is for Mike!!!!!

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Import

New blood - please!!! Someone with new ideas to get us growing. I have faith in the current council that they'll see we need some fresh perspective. Many of us moved to Kingman because we want to stay and see it thrive. Why not look at another import to the community and use their best ideas?

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: enigma enigma

16 applicants and no special concessions to get them to move into a community they will serve is that not the way it ought to be? I think out of 16 applicants at least one ought to qualify! Might even care about the community since they live here now!

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Dawn .

Mike Bihuniak's got my vote!

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Randy B

vice mayor makes 7,500? mayor makes 6,000 per year? how does that work?

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: pam bibich

Yea, Pete Byers! He will get my vote !

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Tabloid

Why did the miner go out of the way to show bias by hand picking ONE candidate and showing his picture along with brief info on them?

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Consider Bill Couch

Please be sure to give Bill Couch a few minutes of your time when considering candidates. He’s a man of great integrity, with vision and a plan for the future success of Kingman as a whole. He will put in the time and defiantly will not disappoint.

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Nothing at all against all the other applicants for this thankless position but I sure hope the current council chooses experience over anything else.

Pete Byers is a long time resident and has been very involved in shaping the future of the city and county and is hands down the most qualified applicant on this list.

Maybe he should apply as City Manager.


Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Larry Pruitt

Byers......again?.......seriously?....some people just won't go away ......

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: just a fact

The city of Kingman is so fortunate that Pete Beyers wants to be on the city council. He would bring knowledge and experience to the council.



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