The Gridley City Council on Monday night came up with a plan to replace former Councilman Gary Davidson, who resigned last month due to work commitments.
Davidson, who served on the council in the 1990s and 2000s, was elected to a new four-year term in November 2016. His seat won’t be up for election again until 2020.
Monday night at the council’s regular meeting, City Administrator Paul Eckert presented the council with two options:
* Solicit applications, interview candidates and make an appointment, with the appointed candidate filling the remainder of Davidson’s unexpired term;
* Have the open seat appear on this November’s ballot.
The four remaining council members decided on the first option.
Eckert told the council that the process to solicit candidates would begin right away, with the goal to have the council possibly make the appointment at the first regular meeting of June, which is slated for Monday, June 5.
In other action at Monday night’s meeting, the council approved the surplus sale of a police vehicle – a 2011 Crown Victoria police cruiser with just 113,000 miles on it that Gridley-Biggs Police Chief Dean Price characterized as a “lemon.”
One of five police vehicles leased at the same time, Price said the car has had a number of mechanical issues, including rear axle problems.
According to the city’s weekly services update, the Gridley Fire Department responded to nine medical aid calls, one traffic collision, one vegetation fire, one call for public assistance, and one miscellaneous call.
Truck 74 was also sent to West Sacramento for its annual preventive maintenance regimen, which includes tests, measurements, parts replacement and cleaning.