A 45-minute process — including candidate interviews and a Q&A session — resulted in the Reedley City Council voting at its Sept. 13 meeting to appoint Suzanne Byers as the next District 3 representative to fill out Robert Beck’s term that expires in 2024.
The four sitting members spent a little more than a half hour listening to presentations from Dale Kennedy and Byers, with both candidates sharing their reasons for running and their goal for the city. Kennedy went first, sharing his background that included military experience and three decades-plus working in the educational field. Byers then told of her history of working with the Neighborhood Watch Program, and shared her background as a commissioner advising consumer affairs in Santa Clara County.
Council member Matthew Tuttle queried both Kennedy and Byers with questions about visions they had for the city and what they intended to bring to the council. All four council members made brief statements as well. After both candidates finished their sessions, Mayor Mary Fast praised their qualifications. Kennedy and Byers are longtime District 3 residents, and both made runs at the seat in 2011 when Beck initially was appointed.
When the time came for a council decision, Anita Betancourt made a motion to appoint Byers to the position and received a second from Tuttle. They were joined by Fast, while Council Member Ray Soleno cast the lone “no” vote.
Byers will be sworn in to fill Beck’s remaining two years on the council at the Tuesday, Sept. 27, regular meeting.
In other council business on Sept. 13, members pulled four items from a loaded 14-item consent agenda for further discussion; ultimately approving all items including approval of a loan repayment plan and correction to inaccurate or defective property-parcel lines and descriptions that affect six property owners on East Duff Avenue.
Presentations were highlighted by council recognition of Roseann Herrera, who retired as an administrative assistant and received a proclamation from the city for her service. The council also was introduced to new staff members of the Community Development & Administrative Services and a new youth representative with the Community Services Department.
The Sept. 27 council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers at 845 G St.