Carbondale seeks ‘guest trustees’
Aspen, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” Carbondale residents will have a chance to find out what it feels like in the hot seat ” a spot on the town’s Board of Trustees.
The recent resignation of Trustee Scott Chaplin leaves a vacancy on the board. Trustees could seek applications and appoint someone to fill the seat until the next town election ” on April 1 ” or leave it vacant until the election and let voters fill the post.
Instead, the board will seek “guest trustees” from among the general public. Trustees agreed Tuesday that citizens should have a chance to sit in with the Town Board. Guest trustees can’t cast a vote and won’t be allowed to participate in any executive sessions that are closed to the public, but they will have a chance to participate in the board’s discussions and offer their input.
The town hopes to attract enough interested participants to let each guest sit in with the board for two meetings until the post is filled in the April election.
“It might encourage someone to run,” Trustee John Foulkrod said.
The experience might also discourage someone from running, joked Trustee Russ Criswell.
Citizens, including students, are welcome to apply. Anyone who’s interested should call Town Hall at 963-2733.
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