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February 10, 2012 > Planning Commissioner appointed to Newark City Council

Planning Commissioner appointed to Newark City Council

By Simon Wong

Al Nagy's election as Mayor of Newark on November 8, 2011 created a vacancy on Newark City Council for which a dozen applicants were interviewed at a Special Council meeting on January 30, 2012 by Mayor Nagy and Council members Ana Apodaca, Sucy Collazo and Luis Freitas.

One of the original applicants, Richard Watters, withdrew his application on January 13, 2012 because he would be unable to attend in person and felt it inappropriate to conduct an interview by teleconference.

The interviewees were: Bernie Nillo (Planning Commissioner, Project Manager, Sports Official); Ronald Brazil (Teacher); Robert Marshall (Planning Commissioner, Real Estate Appraiser); Donna Sisk (Office Manager and Inside Sales); Danny Radcliff (retired Cable TV Executive); Roberto Khamseh (Senior UC Engineer); Michelle Romero (Public Policy Non-Profit Program Manager); Andrew Limtiaco (Video Editor, Reserve Hayward PD Officer); Jack Dane (Registered Tax Preparer); Mike Bucci (Journeyman Millwright); Christopher Wecks (Entrepreneur and Marketer); and Angelina Reyes (retired Hayward City Clerk). Each candidate had 15 minutes in which to answer eight questions.

On completion of the interviews, each elected official named his/her preferred candidate(s): Mayor Nagy, Robert Marshall; Ana Apodaca, Mike Bucci and Angelina Reyes; Luis Freitas, Robert Marshall; Sucy Collazo, Robert Marshall and Angelina Reyes. Apodaca (seconded by Collazo) moved to appoint Reyes but the motion was defeated by Nagy's NO vote and Freitas' Abstension.

Collazo seconded Freitas' motion to appoint Planning Commissioner Robert Marshall. The motion was carried by three YES votes and one NO vote (Apodaca).

The selection process concluded with the adoption of a resolution to appoint Robert Marshall to Newark City Council for the term expiring November 2013. He took the Oath of Office on January 31, 2012. Councilman Marshall will take the Oath of Office again at the February 9, 2012 Council meeting for ceremonial purposes and receive a Certificate of Appointment.

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