BANGS — The Bangs City Council will have one more position up for grabs in May following Toby Bowers resignation Monday night.
Bowers officially resigned from public office Monday night, not specifying a reason for his sudden departure.
“I regretfully motion to accept,” said Councilwoman Carrol Wells upon hearing the budget item read by Mayor Eric Bishop.
Bowers first took office in 2016 after finishing in the top three in a six-man race for vacant city council seats. He ran unopposed in 2018 and seemed ready for another run until city officials listed his resignation among action items when they released Monday’s agenda to the public last Friday. The council tabled appointing Bowers’ replacement on the parks and recreation board could contact the candidate he had in mind.
Instead of appointing a candidate to fill the remaining year left in Bowers’ term, Bishop requested the council add Bowers’ seat as a separate ballot item.
“We have to do this no matter what,” Bishop said. “We could have a meeting in three days and appoint somebody to his job, but they only get to serve until the election. If we don’t come up with a dying need to do that, then I doubt that happens. Because it’s more than a year we do not have an option but to put it on the election.”
With Bowers seat now on the ballot, the majority of elected offices in the city of Bangs are up for grabs. January 16 opened candidate filings for the May 4 election with councilmen Waymond Sheppard and Danny Marney set to defend their offices. Bishop’s mayoral position is also up for grabs, but it remains unknown whether Wells will again challenge him after coming 18 votes short of defeating Bishop in 2018. The deadline to apply for the election is Feb. 15 and applications are available inside Bangs City Hall at 101 S. 1st Street.
The city council also:
Approved a variance request by McCarty Architects to waive meter requirements on each unit of the Canon Courts development to reduce construction costs. Held an executive session regarding the county-wide option election and permitting of businesses for the sale of alcohol within the city. Approved authorizing increasing department budgets by $8,000 for employee development with the funds coming from those currently allocated to the vacant public works position. Approved reports from Bowers, BPD Chief Jorge Camarillo, BVFD Chief Ricky Preas, Bowers, Billy Jordan with the water department and Nan Billings with the public investment department.