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Artesia : Council Splits on How to Fill Stach's Unexpired Term

August 23, 1990

During a special meeting Tuesday, the Artesia City Council failed to resolve how it will replace former Councilman Rod Stach.

Councilmen Jim Van Horn and Ronald Oliver favored appointing a successor, while Mayor Robert Jamison and Councilwoman Mary Alyce Soares preferred holding an election.

Both Van Horn and Oliver submitted the names of possible appointees: former Mayor Dennis Fellows; Planning Commission member Douglas Padelford; Bob Thornton, an unsuccessful council candidate in the April election; and Glenn Hutchinson, a retired sheriff's deputy. The council voted on each nomination but deadlocked.

The issue will be discussed again at the council's regular meeting Sept. 10.

Stach resigned recently to accept a job promotion in Salt Lake City. His elected term runs through April, 1992.

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