Council vacancy discussed



BAR HARBOR — The Town Council is set to appoint someone to fill the vacancy to be left by Councilor Judie Noonan when she steps down on Oct. 31.

According to the town charter, when a councilor steps down, “the remaining members may by majority action appoint” a new member to serve until the next regular election. At that time, a new councilor will be elected to serve “the remainder of the unexpired term.”

At the council meeting Tuesday, Councilor Gary Friedmann recommended against asking residents to apply for the vacancy. He said past experience shows that appointing someone with no council experience “is not really going to add much.”

On the other hand, he said, “you want someone who’s got no interest in running” for a council seat in a future election.

Friedmann suggested councilors begin to “explore for individuals who might be interested.”

Councilor Joe Minutolo agreed, “It’s just short term. We’re going to want someone who’s experienced, and focused.”

Town Manager Cornell Knight said members of the temporary Charter Commission are not off-limits for this appointment, according to town attorney Ed Bearor.

“By statute, one councilor may serve on charter,” Knight explained.

Once councilors have a pool to pick from, a councilor will be appointed in executive session, yet to be scheduled.

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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