BASALT”Basalt Town Councilman Chris Seldin resigned from his seat Friday afternoon, effective immediately.
Seldin, who is one of three final candidates for appointment to a new district judge position created in the Ninth Judicial District, informed Basalt Town Manager, Bill Efting, and other members of the Town Council of his resignation shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.
“Due to circumstances relating to my application for appointment to the Ninth Judicial District Court bench, it is necessary for me to resign my seat on the Basalt Town Council,” said Seldin’s e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by The Aspen Times. “I therefore write to tender my resignation to you, effectively immediately.”
Seldin made it clear he wants to get back on the Basalt board if he doesn’t get the judgeship.
“In the event that I am not selected for that judicial position, I hope you will consider me for appointment to the vacancy on the Council created by my resignation,” Seldin wrote.
Seldin, 36, won a council seat in the April 2006 election. He has evolved into a dominating force on the board and has lobbied for slow growth, a tight urban growth boundary and additional affordable housing.
If Seldin was selected as judge, he would be forced to resign the political position. He would also be required to live in the Ninth Judicial District, which includes Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. He current lives in the Eagle County portion of Basalt.
When an Aspen Times reporter asked Seldin early Friday afternoon if he still lived in Basalt, he wouldn’t answer. He suggested that he might resign. “That very well may be necessary,” he said, adding that he would discuss the issue in greater detail with the paper later on Friday. He didn’t answer two telephone calls later that day or return messages by deadline.
It couldn’t be determined Friday if Seldin still lives in the Elk Run subdivision of Basalt or has moved to Pitkin County or possibly even locales such as Glenwood Springs or Meeker.
Seldin and two other candidates for the judgeship, Jim True and Gail Nichols, will be interviewed by Gov. Bill Ritter next week before he makes the appointment.
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