Politics & Government

Glenn Marshall named to Grover Beach City Council

A 10-year Grover Beach resident and former city planning commissioner has been chosen to fill a vacant seat on the City Council.

After interviewing 10 candidates, the Grover Beach City Council unanimously selected Glenn Marshall, a civil engineer who works for San Luis Obispo County’s Public Works Department.

Marshall was immediately sworn in and received a round of applause from the audience — mostly composed of the other nine residents who applied to fill the seat vacated by Phyllis Molnar when she resigned in January.

“I’m totally surprised; there were a lot of excellent candidates,” Marshall said before taking his seat on the dais.

During his interview, he stressed the importance of keeping Grover Beach on track with current progress and policies. When asked about the city’s vision, he mentioned plans for the Grover Beach Lodge and Conference Center and ongoing efforts to repair streets and enhance economic development.

Thirteen people initially applied to fill a vacancy created when Molnar, who ran for mayor in November, resigned from the council at the end of January because she moved to a home outside Grover Beach. She had served on the council since 2010.

Three of the candidates later withdrew their applications, leaving 10 candidates. The remaining applicants included Greg Alex, Ron Arnoldsen, Gary Clatterbuck, Debra Colbert, Evan Larson, Mariam Shah, Anita Shower, Riley Royce Smith and Kevin Woolley.

After conducting interviews, the council narrowed the candidates to three finalists: Marshall, Alex and Shah, before deliberating further and choosing Marshall as Molnar’s replacement.

Marshall will fill the remainder of her term, which runs through December 2014.

The council decided to appoint someone to avoid the estimated $30,000 cost of a special election. Council members receive a $300 monthly stipend, normally attend two council meetings per month and also serve on monthly subcommittees.

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