Seldin can’t return to Basalt council |

Seldin can’t return to Basalt council

Chris Seldin

BASALT ” There will be no warm seat on the Basalt Town Council for former board member Chris Seldin.

Seldin resigned Friday because he is a finalist for a new judgeship in the Ninth Judicial District and to be eligible as judge, he moved out of Basalt and into the Aspen area. He said in his letter of resignation to the town that he would like to be reappointed to his council seat if he didn’t get selected as a judge.

But that’s not an option. Basalt’s Home Rule Charter requires that a person selected for a council opening must live in the town for 12 months prior to the appointment.

By making himself eligible to be selected as a district judge, Seldin made himself ineligible to return to the council.

Seldin was in a tough position. He lived in the Eagle County portion of Basalt, in the Elk Run subdivision. Eagle County isn’t part of the Ninth Judicial District, but Pitkin County is.

Seldin said the Colorado Constitution requires a judge to be a qualified elector of the district at the time of selection. Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter interviewed Seldin and two other candidates Monday and is expected to appoint a district judge by May 20.

Seldin said he became a qualified elector in Pitkin County on Friday and that he is “sharing an apartment in the Aspen area” to ensure he is eligible for the judge position.

Seldin had planned to move back to Basalt if he didn’t get the judgeship, but said Wednesday that he had forgotten about the requirements to run for council or be appointed to a council seat.

“It sounds as though I won’t be eligible, and that’s unfortunate,” he said Wednesday. He was elected to the council in April 2006 and had nearly two years remaining in the term. He said he wanted to fulfill his obligation to serve the term if he wasn’t appointed judge.

Seldin appeared to have the inside edge for his old job, should he have wanted it. Councilmen Gary Tennenbaum and Peter McBride said Tuesday night when discussing the vacancy that they would favor reappointing Seldin if he sought the position. That was before officials in Town Hall had reviewed the requirements in the charter.

Town Hall is accepting letters of interest for the council vacancy through 5 p.m. Friday, May 30. They should be submitted to the Town of Basalt, 101 Midland Ave., Basalt, CO 81621.

Applicants must include their full name, date of birt and residence and mailing address. They should supply an e-mail address and daytime telephone number.

Applicants also are requested to identify their reasons for applying, pertinent experience and any other information in support of their application.

The position will be up for election in the next regular election in April 2010.

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