Evart council appoints Pattee as new clerk
EVART — Heather Pattee will take over the position of Evart City Clerk, following a motion approved by Evart City Council members at their March 16 meeting.
The position was left vacant after the previously elected clerk, Seraphim Bieri, resigned from the seat last month after weeks of dispute over her style of recording of meeting minutes. Since Bieri's resignation, city treasurer Sarah Bigelow has temporarily filled the position, and the city was in need of filling the spot before a March 24 deadline. If the city failed to appoint or select a new individual, a special election date would have to be established.
During the meeting, Evart City Manager Zack Szakacs addressed the council with three options regarding the vacant seat. City council members could interview three candidates who submitted a letter of interest and resume, host a special election (which he said would cost about $4,000), or simply appoint the individual who ran against Bieri in the 2013 election — an action most often taken in the past decade.
Pattee is the only individual who ran against Bieri in the election. She also was one of the three people who submitted a letter of interest to the city.
After brief discussion by council members confirming the action to appoint Pattee was in accordance with the city charter, the council unanimously approved her appointment.