Red Bank torn on filling vacated seat

Red Bank commissioners were unable to decide May 20 on one of the four candidates to apply for the District 3 commission seat vacated by Ken Welch in March.

The commissioners interviewed the candidates Friday, May 18. The appointed candidate would serve until the November 2014 general election.

“All four candidates presented themselves well and were very impressive,” said Commissioner Eddie Pierce before making a motion to appoint Ed LeCompte. The motion failed for lack of a second.

Mayor John Roberts made a motion to appoint former Red Bank Commissioner Becky Browder. He said he liked that she indicated in her interview that she planned to serve as commissioner on an interim basis and let the public decide on a commissioner by vote in November.

Vice Mayor Floy Pierce and Commissioner Rick Causer voted not to appoint Browder, so Roberts’ motion failed.

Causer made a motion to nominate Jane Hoseman, but Commissioner Eddie Pierce and Roberts voted not to appoint her.

Following the votes, former Red Bank Commissioner Ruth Jeno asked Vice Mayor Floy Pierce why she did not attend the candidate interviews on Friday. Vice Mayor Floy Pierce said she had an emergency that prevented her from attending.

Jeno also endorsed Browder.

“Becky’s been a commissioner before and she’s a great public servant,” said Jeno.

The commissioners must decide on a candidate by their next meeting Tuesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. If they are unable to agree, a special-called election will be required at a cost of approximately $10,000 to taxpayers.