Upland mulls vacated seat
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 03/12/2011 07:06:15 AM PST

UPLAND – Mayor Ray Musser is pushing for the city treasurer to be considered for the seat he vacated to become mayor.

Dan Morgan’s name is on the agenda for Monday’s council meeting, at which the decision whether to hold a special election or appoint will be made first.

“I put his name on it to help (the council) with their decision,” Musser said. “(Morgan) is an elected official, already chosen by the people. He knows our financial base well, and that’s going to be our biggest challenge in the next few years.”

If the council decides to hold an election, the mayor’s suggestion will make no difference. If the council members decide to appoint a candidate, they can still say no to Morgan and request applications from city residents to fill the seat.

Morgan welcomed Musser’s nomination, saying he was “willing and ready to serve.”

But Councilman Ken Willis said that before making a decision about Morgan, “there should be a healthy debate whether to appoint or hold elections.

“There are pros and cons for both.”

Appointment would be quick while election can take several months to complete, he said.

But since the term has a 3 1/2 years left, investing six or seven months in an election will not impact it severely, Willis said.

“If this was a situation where someone died and council appointed the replacement, I don’t think the people would care,” he said. “But it’s not. I’m getting a lot of calls from ordinary citizens, people that know me, and I’m getting mixed responses. Half say we should have an election and half say we should appoint.

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