From 22 applicants five hopefuls have been chosen by O’Connor. The group, from Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan and Oregon (the sargeant, maybe?), will be on public display here in Coquille beginning July 21 where they will take part in an ‘assessment center’. The city will host a meet and greet from 5:30 to 7 PM at City Hall.

On the 22nd, the hiring committee will convene from 8:30 to 5 PM to interview each candidate. The hiring committee is made up of Mayor Britton, Councilor Daniels, DA Frasier, School Superintendent Diane Gillespie, Dr Sinnott, Sharon Smith and Curtis Jack. The public is invited to ‘observe’, but evidently not to participate.

It is crucial for the well being of this community that everyone who can, attend. This is a critical position and as evidenced by the past decade we cannot depend upon the judgment of just a few. Please attend this Monday’s city council meeting at 7PM in chambers at City Hall.