By: Mario Conde, reporter
The Calexico City Council will appoint the successor of Jesus Eduardo Escobar after his resignation to leave and become Imperial County Supervisor.
The decision was made on the regular meeting held Jan. 9 to appoint someone from the seat vacated by Escobar as soon as possible.
“Having a special election is out of the question so the appointment is the way to go,” said Mayor Lewis Pacheco during a recent council meeting.
Holding a special election would cost approximately 40 thousand dollars. The city at this moment is recuperating itself from a financial deficit and spending money to fill a vacancy is something that the council agrees that should not be spent at the moment.
The city opened the application process and last day for someone to declare their interest in being appointed will be Jan. 22nd. at 5 p.m. The applications will be turned in to a subcommittee composed by Council members Bill Hodge and David Romero who will recommend three from the pool of applicants to the council and vote for one of them.
Former Calexico Mayor Joong Kim was the third runner up in the last election and says he should be the one appointed to the vacant seat.
Former councilman Jesus Eduardo Escobar was elected on November 6, 2018 to represent District 1 as County Supervisor. Escobar tendered his resignation letter to the City Clerk on January 2, 2019. As a result, his seat on the City Council has been vacated.