Following abrupt resignation, Cedar Highlands officials accepting applications for new mayor

L-R: Cedar Highlands town council members Linda Stetzenbach, Paul Starks, Susan Allman and Beth Gaines meet in an emergency session to talk about filling the newly vacated position of mayor, Cedar City, Utah, July 2, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Cedar Highlands town council member Beth Gaines passed along an urgent message to her fellow town residents Tuesday morning.

“This is a notice. We need a mayor.”

In the wake of former Mayor Steven C. Swann’s abrupt resignation on Friday from the small community nestled in the mountains overlooking Cedar City, Gaines and fellow council members Susan Allman, Linda Stetzenbach and Paul Starks met in an emergency session at Cedar City’s Library in the Park. More than a dozen other Cedar Highlands residents were in attendance.

Several pressing items were discussed during the 90-minute meeting, including the payment of bills and other business matters related to credit union account access, road maintenance, insurance, the town’s website and property inspections.

But first and foremost in importance, the council members agreed, is that a new mayor must be appointed to fill the remainder of Swann’s four-year term, which expires at the end of 2021.

By state law, such a vacancy of an elected office must be advertised two weeks in advance, Stetzenbach noted.

Accordingly, the council members scheduled their next public meeting for 6 p.m. on July 17 in the library’s east conference room, during which mayoral applicants will be interviewed by the council.

Until then, those interested in becoming mayor of Cedar Highlands are invited to submit their applications electronically via email to [email protected]. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on July 17.

According to the official notice of vacancy, each application should include “a brief resume of qualifications and insight as to the leadership qualities of the applicant.” 

Applicants must be registered voters and full-time residents of Cedar Highlands, the notice states. Click here to see an official copy of the vacancy announcement.

Cedar Highlands was officially incorporated in January 2018 and currently has an estimated population of 165, town officials said.

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