The Simi Valley City Council voted Monday night to appoint Bill Davis, a 58-year-old electronics repairman and member of the city's planning commission, to a vacant seat on the council, over the objections of Mayor Greg Stratton.
The council voted 3 to 1 to name Davis to the two-year vacancy left when Stratton was elected mayor Nov. 4. Stratton replaced former Mayor Elton Gallegly, who was elected to Congress.
City Hall officials said 15 to 20 applicants had been considered for the job, but the appointment took up only 15 minutes of the council's meeting and provoked little discussion.
Davis got the nod because "he can hit the ground running," said Councilman Glen McAdoo.
Stratton, who cast the lone vote against Davis's appointment, nominated a longtime friend and former council member, Robert O. Huber, because, he said, "We need somebody who is familiar with council business."