OURAY – The Ouray City Council will appoint a new councilor at its upcoming meeting on Feb. 3, following Councilor Michael Underwood’s resignation earlier this week.
Underwood announced his resignation at a Ouray City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, stating that his family had requested that he resign.
Letters of intent from Ouray residents who are interested in filling the vacancy will be accepted by the City of Ouray for the next two weeks, said Mayor Pam Larson. At council’s regular meeting on Feb. 3, each applicant will be given three to five minutes to stand before council and speak about why they feel they are a strong candidate for the position.
Council will then discuss the merits of the applicants and make an appointment. All deliberations must be held in open session. The public will also be encouraged to weigh in on the matter. The appointee will serve for the remainder of Underwood’s four-year term, which expires in Nov. 2015.
The city’s Home Rule Charter requires that council vacancies be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining council members, not by general election. There is no criteria defined in the charter regarding a candidate’s eligibility to serve on council, other than living within city limits.
Underwood was elected to a four-year term as a Ouray City Councilor in November 2011, after serving on the City of Ouray Planning Commission for one year. He moved to Ouray with his wife in 2004 and started a property maintenance business, Wildwood Mountain Management, Inc. The business has grown to encompass property management, vacation rentals and real estate as well.
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