Following nearly a month of review, the Calexico City Council is poised to make its decision on filling the council vacancy created when Jesus Escobar resigned in early January after winning a seat on the county board of supervisors.
The council discussed the matter at its Feb. 6 meeting that was held after this newspaper’s deadline.
Four candidates stood out for the committee reviewing applications, said Mayor Lewis Pacheco. They were Chris Velasco, Jose Lopez, Morris Reisen and Camilo Garcia. But on Jan. 31 Velasco withdrew so the winner likely will be chosen from the three remaining finalists, Pacheco said.
The review committee includes Council Members David Romero and Bill Hodge. Applicants were invited to submit a letter of interest by Jan. 14.
There were 15 submittals and 13 were determined to be eligible through voter registration records. Since Escobar was in the second half of his term, the new member will serve out the remainder of his term and could seek a full term in November 2020.
“There’ll be a lot of interest on the new council member,” Pacheco said. “We’re hoping to approve of one of them but the council could vote for someone outside of those already mentioned.”
If a new member is approved, the council is likely to swear the person in the following meeting.