Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Provo City Council Member - Calli Hales

With the untimely passing of Stephen Hales on January 21, the District 5 Provo City Council seat has been vacant. Utah State statute required that the vacancy be filled by having the City Council appoint a person to the position. Four Provo residents submitted their names for consideration and they were interviewed at a special Council Meeting held on February 24.

Calli Hales, David Harding, and Stephen Hemingway each made a three-minute statement to the Council about their qualifications and then answered questions put forth by Council Members. There had been another applicant but he did not appear for the meeting. A vote was then held to narrow the field to two applicants. Having received the most votes, Calli Hales and David Harding advanced for a final vote by the Council.

With a vote of 4-2, Calli Hales was appointed as the representative for Council District 5 until January 5, 2016. The resolution confirming her as the appointee was passed unanimously. Hales was then sworn in and took her place on the dais.

This is actually a unique moment for Provo City since Calli is now taking the place of her husband, Stephen Hales, as a member of the City Council. Council Members expressed their gratitude for her willingness to step forward after such a difficult loss. They also commended the other candidates for their willingness to apply and be considered for the position.

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