Bend City Councilors held a special session on Monday to interview six finalists for the vacant position the council, and they began deliberating but were unable to decide on a final choice to appoint to the seat.
After an early round of voting among the six councilors, the finalists with the most votes were Katherine Austin, Kerani Mitchell and James Dorofi, but city councilor Justin Livingston expressed concern that those three candidates were not among his top three choices, and city councilor Bill Moseley said he would prefer to make his final vote on Wednesday.
The interviews of the candidates lasted about 25 minutes each and included some pre-scripted questions about the candidates’ background, experience and vision for the future, and then councilors followed up with a few additional questions based on the candidates’s answers.
After four hours of interviews and deliberations, the council decided to hold the final decision until the regularly-scheduled meeting on Wednesday.
The Bend City Council just wrapped up a special session that was called to interview the final candidates to fill the vacancy on the council left by now mayor Sally Russell. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live from tonight’s meeting and has more on what’s being asked on the final six candidates.