Hemet City Council to fill Measure U Citizen Oversight Committee vacancy

Interviews to be conducted at Oct. 24 City Council meeting

Photo by Melissa Diaz Hernandez/The Valley Chronicle
Robert Davis, Jr. at the Feb. 14 Hemet City Council meeting. Davis resigned from the Measure U Citizen Oversight Committee late last month.

■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

The city of Hemet has a vacancy to fill after Robert Davis, Jr. resigned from the Measure U Citizen Oversight Committee. The resignation was announced toward the end of the Sept. 26 Hemet City Council Meeting.
The Valley Chronicle previously reported the reason for his resignation is due to a potential conflict with Davis’ appointment to the Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) Governing Board seat left by Trustee Joe Wojcik, who submitted his resignation in August. Wojcik and Davis are partners in Davis Wojcik Duarte, a Professional Law Corporation.
Staff report reads, “On Sept. 21, 2017 Committee Member Davis tendered his resignation from the Committee upon being appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Hemet Unified School Board. Ordinance No. 1918 requires that vacancy be posted and published.
“The Notice was published on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 with a deadline to submit applications by Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. The City Clerk may identify and discard applications from persons who do not meet the eligibility requirements. The City Council must review all of the applications received. The ordinance requires the City Council to interview all eligible candidates and make the appointment at a noticed public meeting.”
City Clerk Sarah McComas announced at the Oct. 10 city council meeting at the start of the agenda item discussion that the deadline was extended to that day due to the Columbus Day holiday.
Councilwoman Bonnie Wright asked McComas if any of the four applicants interviewed for an appointment to the committee the first time. McComas responded that she did not recognize any of the names. Wright said, “Shucks, because if we already interviewed them, I already know who they are.”
It was announced that a Measure U Citizen Oversight Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16. The applicants will be notified of the meeting so that they can attend to find out what the appointment entails.
Council also discussed that all four applicants will be interviewed one at a time in the council chamber while the others who have not been interviewed will wait in a separate room.
Hemet School Board President Vic Scavarda and board member Eugene Hikel voted against Davis’ provisional appointment to the HUSD Governing Board in the 4-2 vote to serve out the rest of Wojcik’s term, which ends in December 2018.

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