Last month, the Sheridan City Council chose a new member to replace Scott Severs in Ward 1. The Council met with 5 candidates for the vacant seat in a public meeting on July 27th. Once interviews were complete, the councilors each voted for one candidate by secret ballot. As it turns out, only one polling was required as 5 of the 6 councilors cast a ballot for John Heath.
Some have questioned the use of secret ballot to elect the new councilor. It was a nearly 20-year-old resolution that spells out the procedures for choosing a replacement councilor mid-term. Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey comments on the procedure.
Former Sheridan Mayor Max DeBolt remembered a few of the discussions concerning the election procedure. He says that the Council came to the conclusion that everyone has the right to a secret ballot in the General Election and that same courtesy should extend to the City Council when choosing a replacement member. DeBolt also noted that all discussions, candidate interviews, and the vote must all take place in an open, public session.