Lorraine Kuhn has been named to the Brookings City Council to fill the position vacated by George Ciapusci who resigned because of illness.

Upon selection, Kuhn was sworn into office by Municipal Judge Rich Harper and took her place on the city council for the remainder of the meeting.

A total of five applicants applied for Council Position No. 4, which runs to Dec. 31, 2002.

Other candidates for the position were Rick Dentino, Cherie Mitchell, Russ Fritz and Augie Kofoet.

A resident of Brookings since 1994, Kuhn served three years on the City Budget Committee and is past president of the Brookings-Harbor Youth Association.

In her application Kuhn said that working with and as part of the city council could be a way to convince the community how important our children are.

An employee of Family Security Bank, Kuhn told the council that she had been assured of the necessary time off to fulfill her council duties.

Mayor Bob Hagbom expressed his pleasure at the quality of applicants for the council vacancy.

It wasnt too long ago we practically had to beg to get someone to apply to serve on the council, he said. Im especially pleased at the answers by each of our applicants when asked why the wanted to be on the council. Each one of them said they wanted to be of benefit to the community.

Hagbom said Kuhn has worked in the community for several years and has shown a consistent attitude and desire.

For the rest of you, dont lose your desire to serve. Theres an election coming up in the fall. I urge you to file and run for office.

The council interviewed each of the applicants separately before making the selection, using a prepared list of six questions.

Councilor Keith Pepper asked each applicant what was the single most important issue you would like to work on as a city councilor.

I want to work on ways to get something going for the kids of the community. They need our help, Kuhn said. I would also like to work toward getting the swimming pool covered. That would be something for the kids and the seniors for the whole community.