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Crawford quickly fills vacant trustee seat

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Photo by Randy Sunderland Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos administers the oath of office for Jeff Peed, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Crawford Town Board. He takes the place of Cameron Clark, who resigned his position in July.

On July 12, the Crawford Town Council accepted the resignation of trustee Cameron Clark during its regular board meeting. On Aug. 2, at the next scheduled board meeting, 22 days after the vacancy was recognized, Jeff Peed was sworn in to serve as trustee until the next municipal election in April 2018.

Peed, the pastor of Grace Community Church of Crawford, was the only applicant according to town clerk Cally Gallegos.

When Crawford resident Carl Page questioned the process of filling the vacancy during the Aug. meeting, Mayor Wanda Gofforth explained that state law provides 60 days for the board to either fill the vacancy or call for a special election.

Page also voiced concern about the abbreviated period between notification of the vacancy and filling the position. He noted it had not appeared in the paper, and asked if the town advertised for the position.

The July meeting was not attended by a DCI reporter, and the vacancy was not reported.

Town attorney Jim Brown, attending the meeting to discuss another matter, agreed with Gofforth that the town was not required to advertise for the position, and that the mayor's interpretation of the law "sounds right to me."

Gofforth then made a motion to appoint Jeff Peed to fill the vacant board position, serving until the next municipal election. Chriss Watters seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously. Peed was then sworn in and was seated on the board.

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