Two citizens – Dave Kitchen and Curtis Williams – have thrown their names in the hat to be considered for a seat on the Brookings City Council.
Position 4 became vacant May 14 when the council appointed council member Ron Hedenskog to the mayoral position. That seat was vacated May 7 after Mayor Larry Anderson resigned citing family, health and business-related matters.
Hedenskog will serve the remainder of Anderson’s term, which ends in January.
The council will name the new councilmember at its regular City Council meeting June 25. That person will complete the term ending in January 2015.
Kitchen served on the council and the Coos-Curry Housing Authority, but left two years ago to address an illness.
Additionally, he was on the Coos-Curry Electric Board for six years, is the chairman for Nature’s Coastal Holiday, is an Elk, a Lion and Rotarian, and is past-president of Habitat for Humanity and the founder of the Homebuilder’s Association.
Before he retired, he owned D.K. Builders in Brookings for 30 years.
“Other than that I have no experience whatsoever,” he joked. “I just like to be a part of the decision-making process in these hard economic times.”
The primary issue he wants to address is balancing the city budget.
“We’re $450,000 away from fixing it,” he said. “I think we might be able to find some ideas without hurting anyone too badly.”
He declined to elaborate on his ideas.
Williams also places the budget as the city’s highest priority.
“I can tell you, the city is strapped,” he said. “When they say that, they’re not pulling your leg. Nothing works if you don’t have the money to do it.”
Williams, who moved to Brookings from Arkansas seven years ago, served two years on the local planning commission and is on the board for the holiday lights group.
He has a background in the financial industry, having worked as a financial advisor for a brokerage firm in Arkansas and as the bank manager for the local branch of Sterling Bank for three years.
Williams also served on the board of the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers food bank, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, is a Rotarian and has worked with the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
“I do a lot of grunt work for a lot of nonprofits,” he said with a laugh. “If you want to get something done, ask a busy man to do it.”
Having made a lifestyle change in moving to Oregon, Williams wants to continue moving the city forward.
“We gave up our careers back there,” he said. “We’d rather be here. We love the city, and I want to make sure it keeps being a place we all want to live.”
The city of Brookings is still accepting applications to fill the vacant council seat. Applications are available at city hall and must be received by the City Recorder, 898 Elk Drive, Brookings, no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 15.
Applicants must be registered voters in the state and city and residents for at least 12 months prior to the appointment