The Woodland City Council named Tom Stallard to fill the vacant Council seat in a unanimous vote during Tuesday’s Council meeting.
The selection of Mr. Stallard culminates a 60-day process that began following Council member Jeff Monroe’s retirement from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and decision to resign from the Council in order to relocate out of the area. The term for the Council seat ends on June 30, 2012.
The Council appointed an Ad-Hoc Committee of Mayor Art Pimentel and Council member Bill Marble who designed an application process, developed questions for interested citizens to complete and oversaw a marketing campaign to solicit community interest. The process worked well as 26 Woodland residents completed applications by the January 14 deadline.
The Ad-Hoc Committee selected six finalists who participated in a forum conducted by the League of Women Voters. The forum provided an opportunity for the community to become acquainted with the finalists through the nearly two-hour session that was held in the Woodland City Council Chambers on February 3.
Following the forum, the Ad-Hoc Committee conducted interviews and narrowed the candidates to Mr. Stallard and David A. Sanders. The entire City Council considered both candidates during the February 15 Council meeting.
During the Council meeting, all Council members expressed the significant challenge of selecting one of the two remaining well qualified and highly respected candidates.
Mr. Sanders is the Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. He is also a member of the City of Woodland Planning Commission, an appointment he has held since 2002 and is presently serving as the Chair of the Commission. David is a 1998 graduate of California State University, Chico and a 2001 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law. Mr. Sanders moved to Woodland after his graduation from law school.
Mr. Stallard is the Co-founder and Director of Legislative Intent Service, a public policy research firm. Mr. Stallard served two terms on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors beginning in 1995 through 2002, including as Chair of the Board in 1996 and 2001. He has also been very active in community activities such as the Opera House and has developed a successful tenant group in the Historic Downtown area that includes restaurants, a salon and a gift shop.
Mr. Sanders participated in the process during the Council meeting by answering a few questions from the Council members. Mr. Stallard was unable to participate in the meeting because he was out of town due to a prior commitment.
Following the vote, the Council thanked Mr. Sanders and expressed that the City will be fortunate for his continued participation in civic affairs on the Planning Commission.
Upon receiving notification via an email from City offices, Mr. Stallard stated that “I am grateful for the Council's confidence in me and look forward to serving”. Mr. Stallard will be seated immediately prior to the March 1 Council meeting.