The city manager search committee has put forward the name of Pam Pierce for the position of mayor of Cherokee.
John Cook, representing the committee that is seeking a person to fill the city manager vacancy, suggested at the May 13 Cherokee City Council meeting that Pam Pierce, business woman and former deputy city clerk, be appointed to complete the unexpired term of Dennis Henrich who resigned last week.
Henrich resigned last week. He was serving his second term which would have been completed at the end of 2009,
Cook said that it was the view of the committee that leaving the mayor's position unfilled over the period of time needed to hold a special election would not project the best image of the city. A positive image is particularly important for the city while it is trying to attract prospective city manager candidates,said Cook.
He said that the committee contacted individuals who might have the experience and desire to serve in the role of mayor. and Pierce was the unanimous choice of committee members. Cook said city department heads were then contacted, and they unanimously supported the appointment of Pierce.
Cook noted that Pierce was recognized at the annual awards banquet this year for her contribution to the community.
"We believe she would do a good and professional job as mayor," Cook said.
He acknowledged that citizens have an option to call for a vote to choose a mayor. "But that would be an expensive option," he added.
Deb Taylor, city clerk, said that a special election costs about $2,500.
Pam Pierce and her husband, Mark, own Builders Sharpening and Service.
She was an unsuccessful candidate for city council representative from ward 3 in 2007.
Greg Stieneke, council member, questioned whether the council could take action on the recommendation at the Tuesday meeting since no public notice has been given.
Wally Miller, Jr., city attorney, said that the council could act at the next scheduled meeting, May 27, if a notice of intent to appoint is published before then.
The council voted to publish the notice and put the matter on the agenda for the next city council meeting.
The notice contains information regarding how to seek a special election. To hold a special election, a petition containing at least 175 signatures must be filed with the city clerk by May 29.