Mark Kittle fills opening on Basalt Town Council |

Mark Kittle fills opening on Basalt Town Council

Scott Condon/The Aspen Times

Former Basalt Councilman Mark Kittle was selected Tuesday night as Basalt’s newest councilman.

The council voted, 5-0, to select Kittle to fill an opening created by the resignation of Anne Freedman, who moved to New Jersey earlier this month with her husband, Phillip.

Kittle was elected to the council in 2004 and served a four-year term. He is a native of Basalt and works as the building inspector in Snowmass Village. His term will expire in April 2014. There was no indication when he was selected if he will seek election next year.

A field of five candidates was narrowed to three finalists Tuesday. They were interviewed by the selection committee and council members. The other two finalists were David Guthrie and Bernie Grauer. The selection committee recommended Kittle, and the council concurred.

Mayor Jacque Whitsitt said the field was “super qualified” for the position and that any of the finalists would have been a great addition to the board.

The candidates responded to written questions posed to them by the selection committee. The answers were provided to the media. When asked to name the three most important issues facing Basalt, Kittle responded, “The river corridor and the implementation of responsible and sustainable development at the Pan & Fork site; maintaining vibrancy in the old downtown core and ensuring connectivity between east and west Basalt; and proper marketing and promotion of our town to boost tourism.”

Kittle was sworn in and participated in Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

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