The City Council has decided to appoint a replacement to finish former Councilman Lee Strong's term rather than hold a special election. Strong resigned in January to accept a post on the county Regional Planning Commission.
The council on Tuesday opted to appoint a replacement at next Tuesday's regular meeting because the earliest a special election could be held was June. Council members said they did not want to leave the seat vacant that long. At a special meeting to discuss the vacancy, five possible candidates for Strong's seat were announced:
Sylvia Foltz, president of the Whittier Historical Society; Thomas Theisen, an accountant and member of the city's Social Services Commission; Ginny Trorey, a member of the city Planning Commission since 1980; David Todd, vice president and secretary of Quaker City Federal Savings & Loan Assn. in Whittier, and Thomas Sawyer, an accountant.
The list of possible successors to Strong, however, may be expanded, Mayor Myron Claxton said.
None of the five named candidates is running for the council in the April city elections. Councilmen Victor Lopez and Eugene Chandler are seeking reelection against three challengers.