The village board, at the December meeting, voted to leave the position vacant by a vote of 3 to 1. Dan Neu was absent, Bill Collins, Rock Brandner and Sandy Voss voted to leave the position open. John Jeffords voted No regarding the motion. He explained his preference to fill the position and he was hopeful residents of Richfield would come forward as candidates.
Bill Collins commented that by leaving the position vacant the community would have the opportunity to make a decision in the 2017 election. He noted that Sandy had been available to complete the 2017 budget and since there are no known major issues for the next 3 months he was in favor of leaving the seat vacant.
It was noted there were about 6 people who had submitted their name for the appointment and some have also expressed a desire to campaign in the 2017 Spring Election.