Council poised to appoint new member, but then is thwarted
Although the Newberg City Council was poised to return to its full seven members Monday, the council will instead remain at six members for the time being.
The council had set aside time in Monday's work and business sessions to interview former council member Marc Shelton to fill the vacant District 1 seat and potentially appoint him later in the evening, but Mayor Bob Andrews briefly announced that Shelton had withdrawn his candidacy, leaving no eligible applicants for the position.
The seat was left vacant last month by Hayley Delle, elected to office earlier this year at age 23 and the youngest council member in recent memory. She resigned last month to attend to family obligations that recently arose in her life, specifically she and her partner assuming guardianship of two young family members.
Shelton, an education professor at George Fox University who held the same council seat 2007-2012, was one of two applicants for the position, but the other, Tia Harden-Moore, did not live in District 1 and was therefore ineligible to hold the seat.
Andrews said at the meeting that the city will reopen the recruitment effort for a new council member in District 1 through July and asked councilors to encourage others to apply.