Florence City Council interviews candidates

Six candidates vie for council vacancy

Jan. 9, 2021 — The City of Florence is continuing the process of filling the opening on the City Council by scheduling interviews for six individuals that have filled out applications to be considered for the vacant position.

Candidates for the council position include past mayoral candidate Jo Beaudreau and previous council candidate Maggie Bagon, both of whom were scheduled to be interviewed on the morning of Jan. 8 during the day’s first round of interviews.

In the second round, the four-person council of Mayor Joe Henry and councilors Woody Woodbury, Bill Meyer and Sally Wantz were set to interview council candidates Joel Marks, Dianne Allison and Brian Jagoe for individual sessions that afternoon.

The final candidate, Margaret Wisniewski, who ran for the council in November, has an interview scheduled for the afternoon of Jan. 11. People can learn more at ci.florence.or.us.

A series of basic questions eliciting the applicants’ previous relevant experience were filled out by all candidates and supplemental information was attached to the applications.

These were reviewed by the council and by city leadership before being forwarded to the four current members of the council.

Each councilor added questions to be included during the interviews, with an opportunity for follow-up questions and closing statements for each candidate.

The overall interview process is tentatively scheduled to be concluded quickly through several City Council Special meetings, beginning with yesterday’s initial interviews, and followed by deliberations to take place this Monday, Jan. 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The hoped-for timeline expressed by City Manager Erin Reynolds during the Jan. 4 council meeting was for the selection process to conclude with an appointment to the council at the Jan. 25 meeting.

All of these meetings are open to the public through live streaming on the city website, with video recordings of meetings available on the city’s website.