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Sickles appointed to fill Falls City council vacancy

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City City Council appointed Dennis Sickles to fill a vacant council seat until January.

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City City Council appointed Dennis Sickles to fill a vacant council seat until January.

Former councilor Willy Lowman resigned in September, leaving the position vacant until January, when the candidate elected on Nov. 2 takes office.

The council opted to fill the position and selected Sickles for the job at its Oct. 13 meeting.

After a disagreement about how to proceed with appointing a candidate, the council voted 3-2 to have Sickles fill the vacancy.

Councilor Erma Ferguson made a motion to appoint Sickles, which was seconded by Councilor Julee Bishop. Council President John Volkmann said in the past the council had used a method in which each councilor would write down the name of the candidate they preferred, instead of just forwarding one name in a motion. Volkmann and Councilor Bruce Garrett voted "no" on the motion, preferring to use another voting method. However, Councilor Henry Hughes voted in favor of Sickles.

Volkmann added that he didn't object to Sickles' appointment, but would have rather have voted in a manner that would have considered all applicants.

Hughes said he cast a "yes" vote because he believed Sickles was qualified.

"I voted with a clear mind," he said. "I think Dennis will make a superb councilman."

Sickles said his schedule -- he is also the Falls City School District's athletic director -- doesn't allow him to serve a full term on the council. He applied to fill the seat for the next four months to assure the council had a quorum and to prevent council members from having to choose an applicant who is also running for a seat in November's election.

"I didn't think that you should put a person who is running in November on the council because it would give them an unfair advantage," he said after the vote.

The other applicants were Rose Bajorins, Jim Partridge and Rick Zunck. Bajorins is a candidate for city council and Partridge is running for mayor.

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