A few moments ago, Eureka Mayor Frank Jager told the Journal the subcommittee that has been interviewing applicants to fill the vacant Fourth Ward seat on the City Council has narrowed the field to two: Rex Bohn and Melinda Ciarabellini.
Jager said that he will announce his choice Monday, after which the City Council should schedule the appointment for a vote at its regular Jan. 4 meeting.
Ciarabellini recently retired from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at the rank of captain. Last week she told the Times-Standard that her priorities were the budget, education and economic development.
Eureka's Fourth Ward seat represents the tony areas around St. Joseph Hospital and Sequoia Park, with ultra-tony Lundbar Hills attached incongruously to its rear. (PDF map here.) The seat became vacant when Jager was elected Mayor in November.
In related news: The Journal has been receiving reports that someone has been conducting telephone polls asking for residents' perceptions of the four candidates who stepped forward to be considered for the Fourth Ward vacancy, among other things. Jager said that he's heard the same thing, but otherwise has no knowledge of it.
"It's a bit odd," he said. "Somebody out there is interested in it. You could have your suspicions, but I don't know for sure."
Jager declined to speculate, but reiterated that he had no part in the polling and did not expect to be shown the results.