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City Council Narrows List of Finalists for Vacant Seat to Three

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dean Young, Thomas Barr, and Mike Carroll are all in the running for vacant General Seat D on Springfield City Council.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dean Young, Thomas Barr, and Mike Carroll are all in the running for vacant General Seat D on Springfield City Council.

Web Extra: Read Young's application, Barr's application, or Carroll's application.

Monday evening, more than a dozen candidates were given five minutes to inform City Council of their qualifications and reasons for wanting the job. Thomas Bieker resigned from the seat last fall.

Barbara Wells, the only female in the running, dropped out of consideration ahead of Monday's meeting. Kenneth Estes, the executive director of the SouthwestMissouriIndianCenter, also withdrew because of a pending CDBG grant that's under consideration.

City Clerk staff randomly drew the names of all the applicants for the order of Monday's presentations and heard from Teddy Fleck, David Vogenthaler, Zach Allen, Rodney Geurin, John Hardin, Dean Young, Matt Cologna, James Bass, Wayne Rader, Steve Makoski, Thomas Barr, and Mike Carroll.

"All of these candidates are civic-minded and truly believe they can contribute to the community," noted Councilman John Rush, to which Mayor Bob Stephens agreed.

"I think they would be great," said Stephens, adding that he may ask them to serve on boards or commissions in the future.

Three finalists -- Dean Young, Thomas Barr, and Mike Carroll -- will be invited back next Monday (Feb. 11) for a second round of questions. Then Council will vote, and swear in the new member that evening. The person chosen will serve the remainder of Thomas Bieker's term, which goes through April 2015.

Mayor Stephens says the city charter requires the council to appoint someone to the seat and he says the process works well.

"Generally we get some good candidates out of the process. We just wish we didn't have to do it because it means someone left before their term was up and we'd rather have citizens to make that choice."

Photo above, left to right: Dean Young, Thomas Barr, Mike Carroll

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