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November 23, 2006
Are you an adventurous speed-reader? Do you have a sense of humor, the ability to see the big picture? Do you love late nights and long hours? The city of Aspen has a job for you.The city is accepting applications through Dec. 4 to fill the City Council post Rachel Richards is vacating. Richards is stepping down to join the Pitkin County commissioners in January.Mayor Helen Klanderud said the council hopes to make the appointment by Dec. 13, the date Councilman Jack Johnson leaves town until early January.Advertisements for the position began running on Friday, Nov. 24; there had been no applications filed with the city clerk’s office as of that day. But even if they had, the names of applicants could not be immediately available because of a directive from the city attorney’s office.According to an ad in Friday’s edition of The Aspen Times, candidates must have been a resident of the United States and the city for at least one year, as well as having been an elector in the city for at least one year.Other helpful qualifications, according to the ad, include being a “speed-reader [and] adventurous,” having “a sense of humor, [and the] ability to see the big picture [and] love late nights and long hours.”The Aspen Times learned some past candidates for the city office might apply.”I might,” said frequent political candidate Andrew Kole, who came in fifth in the 2005 election. “I gotta think about it for a day.”But after thinking about it for a few seconds, Kole, who also is eyeing a run for mayor, continued, “I should get it based on cumulative votes [from numerous bids for city and other elective positions], shouldn’t I? Based on that, I think I’m a shoo-in.”Marcia Goshorn, who followed Kole in the election results, also said she is undecided.”I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth putting a target on my back again,” she quipped.Dee Malone, who lost to Johnson in a runoff election in 2005, has since moved outside the city limits and is no longer eligible. Were she a city resident, though, Malone said she’d have seriously considered a bid to fill Richards’ seat.The remaining candidates from the 2005 contest could not be reached for comment.Applications are available in the city clerk’s office at the Aspen City Hall or at http://www.aspenpitkin.com, under “City Clerk’s Department.”The person selected to fill the position will serve until June 2007 (not June 2006, as the Nov. 24 ad stated). To continue in the position, the individual must win the regular municipal election in May.The council will review applications and schedule interviews the week of Dec. 4.Klanderud confirmed that the names and any other information about applicants will not be released until after the City Council has received the applications.She said the council hopes to begin the selection process at its regular meeting Dec. 5, when each council member will draw up his or her list of preferred candidates and the council as a whole will establish an interview schedule.John Colson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.