The process to fill the at-large City Council seat vacated when Leirion Gaylor Baird became mayor remains on track for a vote Monday, City Council Chair Jane Raybould said.
But just who the finalists are will likely remain under wraps as the six council members continue interviewing the 24 candidates individually and discussing their thoughts in private, one-on-one conversations, Raybould and Councilman Roy Christensen said after the council's meeting earlier this week.
The two most-senior members of the City Council said they want a nominee with unanimous support and don't want to subject those who don't make the cut to embarrassment. Interviews and discussions among council members will be carefully orchestrated so not to violate open-meeting laws.
Meanwhile, three Lancaster County officials will hold televised, public interviews beginning Friday for candidates vying to be appointed to the open Board of Commissioners seat representing the northwest part of the county.
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The three officials will then select finalists Monday and hold a second round of public interviews later this month before making an appointment in early July.
In an email to the City Council on May 31, Robert Way of Lincoln expressed discomfort the council's selection process was being conducted outside public view.
"The power to select council members is so important that normally every single citizen has an equal say, and if they do not have (the) opportunity this time to speak through their votes, they should have the opportunity to listen and understand the entire process," Way said.