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No new applicants this week for city slots

Jan 23, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Martin Cannan, Phil Lavoie and former city councilman Lars Baker all announced their interest last week; the deadline is Jan. 31.

Anyone interested in serving on the Riverton City Council has exactly seven days left to submit a letter to Mayor Ron Warpness at Riverton City Hall.

As of Thursday, no new letters had been received other than the three from Lars Baker, Martin Cannan and Phil Lavoie announced last week.

City officials said there have been other inquiries, but so far no other letters have been submitted.

Citizens have until noon Jan. 31 to submit their letters for the recently vacated seats in Wards 1 and 3.

Baker was the councilman for Ward 3 but resigned in December in order to follow retirement protocol through his employment with Fremont County Weed and Pest. He cannot qualify for his full county retirement benefits while working for another entity that also is connected to the state retirement system. City council members are paid a small salary for their service, and the City of Riverton is involved with the state retirement system.

Baker is eligible to rejoin the council after a 30-day period away from it as required under the state regulations.

Cannan joins Baker in applying for the Ward 3 seat.

Lavoie filed under Ward 1 for the seat vacated last month by Eric Heiser, who has left Riverton to take a job in Salt Lake City.

There is no formal application form required. Individuals interested in being on the council are asked to write a letter detailing who they are and why they are interested in serving their ward and the City of Riverton.

Letters of interest are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

The council hopes to interview prospective candidates in early February and fill the seat shortly thereafter.