Councilor Barriger's Replacement Discussed

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Though names were discussed and the process was clarified, Payson Town Council did not move forward to fill the seat of resigning council member George Barriger at Thursday night's special meeting.

A few names were tossed around including former mayoral candidate Jon Barber. Still, nothing is official and won't be until after the first of May when Barriger's resignation takes effect and the council votes on a replacement, according to Town Manager Fred Carpenter.

Each council member will nominate one person. Those nominees will be asked to apply for the appointment. Their applications will be reviewed and voted on in a public meeting.

Barriger's seat will be filled shortly after his resignation is official.

According to Arizona state law, if a council member resigns before a nomination deadline -- the period early last winter when contenders filed signature petitions, financial disclosures and other election documents -- the empty seat is filled through the regular election process.

But if a council member quits after the deadline, the town council, by law, makes an appointment.

"We don't hold special elections for (vacancies like Barriger)," Carpenter said. "We're not authorized to do that by law."

To view the appointment packet, visit the town of Payson's Web site: www.ci.payson.az.us or call Town Hall at (928) 474-5242.

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