ROY - The Roy City Council had to do two rounds of votes and finally cast lots to appoint its newest council member - Karlene Yeoman. She was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by newly-elected mayor Willard Cragun.
Twenty-three residents applied for the open seat - an unprecedented amount in Roy. The council, mayor and city manager interviewed the applicants all day Tuesday and then each council member cast a vote at the city council meeting.
Two votes were cast for Bob Dandoy, one for Yeoman and one for Devin Karas. Because there was a tie for second place, lots were drawn between Karas and Yeoman. Yeoman made it past the first lot draw. The council then voted again and there was a two-two tie between Yeoman and Dandoy. Lots were drawn again and Yeoman was selected from the draw.
"I'm very honored to have been a part of the process," Cragun said. He admitted it had been a long day to screen all the applicants, but that he was impressed with the high caliber of all who applied. "We will be calling on you in the future," Cragun told the other applicants.
Council members said it was difficult for them to pick one candidate because there were so many qualified.
"I'm honored that so many would step up. It was fantastic. It makes me proud of all of you," City Councilman John Cordova said.
In the November election, Roy had one of its lowest voter turnouts in city history and one of the lowest turnouts in the county. Cragun thinks that after that low turnout people decided they should get involved.
"People in Roy are excited and they want the city to move forward. There is a silent majority that knows where they want the city to go," Cragun said.
Yeoman is thrilled to have the chance to represent Roy. She grew up in Roy and moved back some years after she got married. In all, she has been a Roy resident for more than 30 years. The mother of four has served in different parts of the city for about 20 years, she said. She has worked on Roy Days committees, has served on the Board of Adjustments and most recently served on the planning commission. She ran unsuccessfully for city council just over 10 years ago. If she didn't make this appointment, she planned to run in two years.
"I love to be able to serve and be involved," Yeoman said.
She would like to see more economic development and planning in the city, get more community involvement and work on the beautification of 1900 West during her term. She will fill the seat for the next two years and the spot will be open again in 2016. She will be sworn in officially at the next city council meeting in two weeks.
"This all seems surreal to me," she said with a smile.