Pledging to do her homework and address the issues as they come up, veteran Assemblyperson Betty Glick was selected by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in a 6 to 2 vote to fill the seat vacated by Bill Popp.
Mary Jackson, former Homer City Councilperson and chief of staff for State Senator John Torgerson, was the only other person filing for the appointment. The Assembly's first two secret ballots ended in a 4-4 tie, with Popp abstaining from the balloting. On the third ballot, without any discussion, the vote went in Glick's favor. She will assume the seat until the October 3rd election. Glick said that she is undecided about running for another regular term on the Assembly, but that people are encouraging her to do so, "One of my greatest concerns is that people run for the Borough Assembly thinking that it operates the same as a city, when in fact it does not. This is a second class borough, it does not have all the same powers as a home rule or first class city," said Glick.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly president Tim Navarre, presents department Assemblymen Bill Popp with a plaque of appreciation for his service tot he Assembly at the close of last week's meeting.
At the conclusion of his final official meeting as a Borough Assemblyman, Bill Popp was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his service by Assembly president Tim Navarre. Popp resigned his seat to assume the newly created position as Oil & Gas liaison for the Borough, "One of the highest callings that anyone can do in terms of local service is being involved in local government," said Popp. "I've been privileged to serve the citizens of the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the last 5 and a half years, and I'm going to miss that, but I think the new job is absolutely something that I am really looking forward to in terms of the benefit that it can bring to the Borough and the efforts I'm going to put into trying to bring a spur line to tide water in the Cook Inlet."
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