Several candidates have applied; some of them do not fit eligibility criteria

Several people have applied for Mayor of Molalla, although some are actually not qualified. And one person, Eli Howard, who hadn't applied by Feb. 20 apparently should according to at least four people responding online to the recent article in the Molalla Pioneer.

Keith Swigart, a City Council member, has applied. He's retired and said it's important the next mayor be able to work full time to attend local and regional meetings and be available to meet with local groups, county supervisors and state officials.

"It's important that the mayor get out and make Molalla's presence known," he told the Pioneer. "It's a hard, thankless job, but I can put myself out there," he said.

City Recorder Kelly Richardson noted an application from Wolanda Groombridge. However, her application is incomplete and she appears to be unqualified because she doesn't live in Molalla's city limits, which is a requirement.

To apply for the mayor's job, people need to go to the City of Molalla website under City Recorder, then click on the Citizen Appointment Application at the bottom of the page and fill it out. Qualifications include:

-Must be a qualified elector (voter) under state law;

-Must reside within the city limits for at least 12 months prior to appointment;

-No person may be appointed for more than one city office;

-Neither the mayor not a councilor may be employed by the city;

-Must complete a background check (form is available on the same web page as above).

The City Council is the final judge on qualifications. The term will be valid until Dec. 31, 2020.

The application deadline is Feb. 27. The City Council will interview the candidates at its March 13 meeting and make a decision that night. If the choice is a tie, the members will continue to vote until it reaches a 4-2 decision.

Carol Rosen
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