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Members of the Newberg City Council plan to interview the potential candidates next week

While the Newberg City Council now has a fresh batch of applicants looking to fill the vacant District 1 seat, it will likely be another week before the council is back up to its full seven members.

With the city having three candidates to choose from as of Monday, the council voted to close the application period July 31 and interview the candidates Aug. 14.

The council convened for a special meeting July 31 with just two topics on the agenda, one to discuss the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue annexation election in November and the other to discuss the vacancy.

More specifically, City Recorder Sue Ryan asked whether the council wanted to take any further initiatives to find applicants for the open council seat.

The seat was left vacant last month by Hayley Delle, elected to office earlier this year at age 23 and the youngest council member in recent memory. She resigned last month to attend to family obligations, specifically she and her partner assuming guardianship of two young family members.

Initially the council had been slated to fill the seat June 19, but Mayor Bob Andrews announced the sole applicant, Marc Shelton, an education professor at George Fox University who held the same council seat 2007-2012, had withdrawn his candidacy.

The city kept the application period open for another month and has since received four applications, though one of those has withdrawn.

The remaining candidates, according to forms provided by the city, include Michelle Joslin, a branch manager with Network Funding; Helen Brown, a retired early childhood educator and Newberg Budget Committee member; and Matthew Murray, a senior sales engineer with ITT Goulds Pumps.

With upcoming meetings packed with lengthy issues, the council opted to hold off on interviewing the candidates until its Sept. 5 meeting, although that was later changed to occur Aug. 14.

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