Salida City Council members voted 3-2 to appoint Jane Templeton to fill the Ward 1 seat vacated by Rusty Granzella following his election to the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners in November.
Templeton will serve the remainder of Granzella’s term, which will end in November 2019 when the seat is up for election.
Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 2 Councilwoman Cheryl Brown-Kovacic made a motion to appoint Templeton, and Ward 1 Councilman Dan Shore seconded the motion.
Ward 3 Councilman Harald Kasper joined Shore and Brown-Kovacic in voting for Templeton, who thanked the members of council for the appointment.
“I know that I will be calling on staff and fellow council members to bring me up to speed,” said Templeton, “but I look forward to working with everyone.”
Council members Mike Bowers and Justin Critelli voted against her appointment. Prior to the vote, they spoke in favor of appointing Marcie Post, citing the need for better representation of younger residents on council.
Four residents of Ward 1 applied for the vacant council seat with Bill Smith and Doug Musgrave rounding out the list of applicants.
Every member of council expressed appreciation to all of the applicants, noting that all four are well-qualified to serve and expressing a desire to see the other three applicants continue to be involved in the community and hopefully running for office in November.
Following the vote, City Clerk Alicia Pappenfort administered the oath of office to Templeton, and Templeton took her place at the dais for the remainder of the meeting.