The field of candidates up for appointment to the Third Ward council seat in Hannibal next week has apparently shrunk from seven to six.


The field of candidates up for appointment to the Third Ward council seat in Hannibal next week has apparently shrunk from seven to six.
During Tuesday night’s special call council meeting one of the candidates - Roy Que Ferrel - could not attend because of an illness in his family, according to Mayor Roy Hark. Hark told the council that he advised Ferrel another special call meeting was unlikely before the council’s Tuesday, Jan. 5, meeting when the Third Ward seat is expected to be filled.
The six candidates in attendance - Robert Saxbury, Jack Moore, Louis Barta, Monica Williams, Wesley Knapp and Donald Sagar - were each given five minutes to outline their personal credentials. They were then asked about their vision for the city in general and Third Ward specifically, their experience working with budgets, their willingness to serve on other city boards or committees and how best to promote economic development in the city.
Before the meeting adjourned, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Behymer sought clarification about the voting guidelines that will be in effect during Tuesday night’s meeting. Will members of the council only be able to vote for one candidate, or can they cast a vote as each candidate comes up for consideration?
As he did a little over a year ago when the council was preparing to fill the vacant Fourth Ward seat, City Attorney James Lemon said the city charter and code are “remarkably silent” in regard to a specific selection process. However, Lemon did tell the council that any and all votes would have to be open to the public.
Councilman Kevin Knickerbocker called Tuesday’s time with the candidates a “job interview.” He added it will be up to the council to make the best selection for the city of Hannibal and not be worried about feelings.
“The popularity contest will take place in April,” said Knickerbocker, referring to the next municipal election which at this time will feature all seven candidates on the ballot.
At one point a motion was made to allow multiple votes by the council during Tuesday night’s selection process. In the event of a tie, it would have fallen to Mayor Hark to make the appointment to the council. That motion was withdrawn.
The council did approve on a vote of 5-1 to allow multiple votes by the council. In the event of a tie, a follow-up vote between those candidates who are deadlocked would occur. Casting the lone “no” vote was Behymer.