KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan City Council on Tuesday selected Lallette Kistler to fill an open council seat through next October.
Kistler and Bronson Olson had applied as candidates for the seat, which was vacated after the recent election in which then Council Member Dave Kiffer was elected as mayor of the City of Ketchikan.
Both Kistler and Olson had been candidates for the two three-year City Council seats that were open in the Oct. 5 City of Ketchikan election. Kistler, whose name was on the ballot, finished third with 591 votes behind incumbent Janalee Gage (665 votes) and Jai Mahtani (628). Olson, who ran as a write-in candidate, received 46 votes.
At Tuesday’s special meeting, the two applicants for the open council seat participated in a question-and-answer session with the council — Kistler in person, and Olson via teleconference that had some technical difficulties.
After brief opening statements from the applicants and about 45 minutes of responses to council members’ questions, the council decided to forego the option of an executive session and went straight to conducting a vote by secret ballot.
City Clerk Kim Stanker read the individual votes one by one, with the count going 4-1 in favor of Kistler. The sixth ballot was cast as “no-no,” according to Stanker.
Council Member Mark Flora then made the motion to appoint Kistler to the open seat, with a term to expire in October 2022.
Flora, and council members Gage, Abby Bradberry, Riley Gass and Judy Zenge, voted yes to appoint Kistler. Mahtani voted no.
After the vote, Kistler was sworn in as a member of the Ketchikan City Council.
The next regular meeting of the City Council will be Nov. 18.