City Council might have new member by Monday

Daily Post Staff Writer

Belmont City Council could have a new member sworn in as soon as Monday, according to City Clerk Terri Cook.

The council will be interviewing the four candidates — Amir Kaspi, Julia Mates, Thomas McCune and Craig Michaels — at meetings on Friday and Monday, Cook said.

Two candidates will be interviewed by the council at 3 p.m. Friday in the conference room in City Hall at 1 Twin Pines Lane and the other two will be interviewed there at 3 p.m.

Monday, Cook said. Anyone can go watch the interviews.

The council will be able to appoint someone after finishing the final interview on Monday so there could be five council members seated for Tuesday’s council meeting, according to Cook.

The council is working to fill the vacant seat following former Councilman Eric Reed’s death on Dec. 8 from prostate cancer.

Ten people had applied to fill the seat, but the council narrowed down the pool to Kaspi, Mates, McCune and Michaels in order to be able to interview and fill the seat by Feb. 6. All applicants except Kaspi are on a city commission.

Kaspi has been a resident for one year and works at Google. Mates has been a resident for 12 years and a planning commissioner since 2015. McCune has been on the planning commission for three years and has also been on the city’s infrastructure improvement team and the finance commission. Michaels has been on the parks and recreation commission for five years and has been a resident for six.