Dave Junker has been appointed to represent Ward 2 on the Stillwater City Council.
Junker will be sworn in during the first city council meeting in February.
The process to appoint a representative for Ward 2 began after Mayor Ted Kozlowski was elected in November, leaving his seat on the council vacant. In December, the city put out a request for applicants with a questionnaire and request for a resume and cover letter. The council then conducted group interviews, presenting each applicant with a another series of five questions.
After interviewing the five candidates, the council ranked each applicant on a scale of 1-5 (5 representing the highest rank).
As a result of the ranking process, Eric Hansen received a top score of 17, Junker scored 15, Tom Corbett scored 13, Sean Hade scored 8 and Jerry Clark scored 7.
Although Hansen was the highest ranked candidate, his appointment to the council died due to a lack of a motion. Council Member Tom Weidner made a motion for Junker’s appointment, with Council Member Mike Polehna seconding the motion.
Correction: A previous version of this post stated that Doug Menikheim made a motion for Dave Juker’s appointment.
Junker’s appointment to the council was unanimous.
“This was a very impressive pool of candidates,” Kozlowski said before the vote. “The five candidates who stepped forward were all well equipped and easily qualified to be the representative for Ward 2, which doesn’t make an easy choice for anyone up here.
“I think everybody would prefer an election, but being the city charter the way it is and the timeframe that we have, I don’t think an election makes that much sense, he added. “This is the best process we have at this point, and I just want to thank everybody for stepping up and for willing to be a part of Stillwater.”
Junker, 56, has lived in Stillwater his entire life, residing in Ward 2 for 3 years and 6 months.
Junker owns and operates Anytime Fitness in Stillwater. He has served on the Stillwater City Council, the Planning Commission, Parks Commission, Joint Board, and is currently serving on the Parking Commission.
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