BULLHEAD CITY—The six remaining members of the city council agreed—former Vice Mayor Kathy Bruck was the most qualified person to replace the late Mickey McClure, at least until November. By unanimous vote during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, the city council formally appointed Bruck to the vacancy created by McClure’s death earlier this year.
Bruck had been ranked as the most qualified applicant for the vacancy by a special nominating committee that had been empaneled to review the eight people vying for the appointment. That ranking was the compelling reason to select Bruck, according to several city council members.
“Because Kathy Bruck finished number one on this list,” said city councilman Jerry Duvall, “and I agree with this selection, I nominate Kathy Bruck to fill the seat of Mickey McClure.”
“We selected these individuals to do this review for us to bring back the results after they took the time out of their busy schedules to interview all of these individuals,” said city councilman Mark Clark.
“I think it would be remiss of us not to follow their recommendation at this point since they put all that time to review them in more detail,” Clark added. “I agree and think the correct person was nominated based on the results.”
Bruck, who was sworn into office immediately following Tuesday’s vote, had previously served on the city council from 2007 until 2014 when she lost in a three-way race for mayor. Her husband, Franz Bruck served on the city council prior to his death in 2006.
Mayor Tom Brady spoke about the importance of appointing a new councilmember with some experience, but also reminded the public that the voters will ultimately decide on a permanent replacement in November. Saying Tuesday’s selection of Bruck was only a temporary appointment, Brady suggested the council had the opportunity to appoint someone with the experience to jump right into the job.
“It’s very important to have someone on the council with experience so they don’t have a long learning curve,” Brady said, “especially when we’re starting budget sessions in the coming weeks.”
There are three candidates running in this year’s election to fulfill the remaining two years on McClure’s unexpired term. Bullhead Area Transit System Commissioner Heather Brennan, former Mount Vernon, Wash. city councilwoman and current Bullhead City planning and zoning commissioner Norma Brummett, and Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce president Annette Wegmann are running for the two-year term.
Bruck is one of six candidates running for one of the four seats up for re-election this year.