2/22/2012 10:04:00 AM One of 6 could fill Schmitt's seat Council may select new appointee Thursday
The Prescott Valley Town Council Thursday night may choose by secret ballot a replacement for councilmember Henry Schmitt, who resigned in January because of health reasons.
Jennifer Roel, Harold Wise, Michael Whiting, Anthony Morrison, Walt Nagy and James Woods all have applied for the vacancy.
Roel is the chief executive officer for the Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Prescott Valley. Wise served on the council from 2005 to 2011. He resigned in January 2011, citing personal reasons at the time. Whiting retired as executive director of United Way of Yavapai County this past March. Morrison retired to Prescott Valley in August 2010 after spending a career in federal government, including more than 37 commissioned service years with the Montana National Guard. Nagy has served as secretary/treasurer of the homeowners association board at StoneRidge. Woods is the program director and morning show host for oldies station AM 1450/100.9 FM.
Schmitt's term did not expire until June 2015, but according to new state law governing the way council vacancies are filled, his replacement will serve only until the next regularly scheduled council election. Prescott Valley's next council election is scheduled for 2013. If the appointee runs and wins in that election, he or she would complete the term to 2015.
The town advertised the opening for Schmitt's seat, and eight applicants expressed interest in the position. Two then withdrew their applications. Council allotted each of the remaining six applicants five to 10 minutes to speak about their qualifications during the Feb. 16 work study session. The town also invited the six to present any additional materials they wanted the council to take into consideration when choosing the new appointee.
After reviewing the applications, council chose to advance all six applicants and interview them during this week's regular council meeting. The council Thursday may nominate and vote by ballot to fill the position, or choose to advertise for additional applicants. If council chooses one of the current applicants, it will swear in and seat the new councilmember at the March 8 regular council meeting.
The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at the Prescott Valley Public Library. To view other items on the agenda, visit the town's website at www.pvaz.net and click on "agendas and minutes."
Daily Courier reporter Ken Hedler contributed to this story.