Sunday, September 1, 2013

Observer: Ontario Could Have a New Mayor This Week

Posted By on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Things have calmed down a bit at Ontario, Ore. City Hall—at least calm enough to do something about finding a new mayor for the city which has done without for six months.

It was in February that Ontario Mayor Joe Dominick walked out of city hall in frustration, citing his disagreements with the Ontario City Council and saying that the community was being "screwed."

Throughout the spring and summer months, council members remained at odds over who should be the new mayor—or even how to interview potential candidates.

But this morning's Ontario Argus Observer reports that council members have finally agreed to interview two candidates, one of them quite familiar.

Treasure Valley Community College accountant Darin Bell has no experience in city government but told the Observer, "I think I know enough and I think I go about the process of learning and asking enough of the right questions to move forward."

LeRoy Cammack, a former two-term mayor of Ontario, said it was time to bring the City Hall stalemates to an end. "I wouldn't be doing this. But we have over a year of time ahead of us until we have a new council and the opportunity to elect another mayor, and the council needs a seventh person," Commack told the Observer.

The Ontario City Council is expected to take up the issue—and possibly even choose a new mayor—when it meets this Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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