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Council selects finalists for vacant seat

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Last edited 1:23 p.m., Feb. 8, 2012

Springfield City Council yesterday narrowed down the field of candidates for the empty Zone 1 council seat down to three, according to a news release from the city.

The finalists are:
  • Arthur Hodge Sr., a substitute teacher who is retired from the U.S. Army and from work as a school police officer;
  • Crystal Quade, field representative for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks; and
  • Jeff Seifried, manager of regional development for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nine people filed applications for the council seat left open by Nick Ibarra, who resigned Jan. 4.

The finalists next will respond to a series of questions from council at 6 p.m. Feb. 13, immediately prior to the regular City Council meeting at Historic City Hall. City spokeswoman Cora Scott said via e-mail that council is expected to vote and select the winning candidate Monday night. Springfield City Clerk Brenda Cirtin added that the successful candidate would likely be sworn in at the Feb. 27 council meeting.

The person selected will fill the vacant seat, which has a term through April 2013.[[In-content Ad]]

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