BRAWLEY â€“ The Brawley City Council held an adjourned regular meeting Monday, December 03, 2012, for the consideration and appointment to fill the City Council vacancy for the term expiring November 2015.
The vacancy arose by the resignation of Ryan Kelley who won a seat on the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.
Nine candidates from the community turned in applications for the seat. Each candidate was given five minutes to convince the Council to consider them for the position.
Councilman Miguel Miranda nominated Don Wharton. The nomination was seconded by Councilman Sam Couchman.
In a 4 to 0 unanimous vote, Wharton was in.
â€œI decided to run when I started to get involved from an aviation perspective with the City looking to expand the airport and runway,â€ said Wharton. â€œOn budget issues, I think we face some challenges. I definitely do not believe this is going to be an easy term, looking ahead. I think itâ€™s really important that we as a council and staff work together to come up some creative solutions.â€
Wharton is employed by REACH Air Ambulance Company.
Wharton will be officially sworn in December 18 at a regular meeting.