Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Board delays decision on new member until May 26 meeting
After three and a half hours interviewing 11 candidates and conducting a first round vote, the board tabled the election until its next meeting.
During the first vote, each board member nominated a candidate, with multiple board members permitted to nominate the same candidate. Three board members, President Jeff Koch, Debbie Fort, and Jennifer Martucci nominated former board member Jim Kimbrough, with two, Vice President Lynda Banwart and Randy Steele nominating Empire District Electric Company attorney Sharrock Dermott, and Mike Landis nominating Marsi Archer, a chemistry professor at Missouri Southern State University.
According to the rules, all candidates still remain in the running for the position. During the second round, each board member will vote for two of them. The two candidates with the most votes will move on to the next round of voting, and all others will be eliminated.
In the third round, each board member votes for one of the remaining two candidates.
If no one has a majority, another vote is taken until the matter is decided.