Joe Elliott fills vacant Rifle council seat |

Joe Elliott fills vacant Rifle council seat

RIFLE — Rifle City Council members Wednesday selected a new member to fill a vacant seat.

Joe Elliott, a lifelong resident of Rifle and employed as a construction manager at Colorado Mountain College since 1998, was chosen to fill the seat vacated two weeks ago by Hans Parkinson, who left the area to seek better job opportunities for his water hauling business.

Elliott has served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission since April of 2012 and is currently the vice chair.

Council voted 5-1 to approve Elliott's appointment, with Rich Carter dissenting.

Elliott will serve the next year of Parkinson's term until the next council election in September 2015.

Council members, who narrowed the field of eight applicants to two in a premeeting work session and then selected Elliott during the meeting, thanked all those who submitted letters of interest for the position.

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"I was pleased and excited that people were interested in the City Council," said Councilor Jonathan Rice.

Mayor Randy Winkler echoed the sentiment.

"I just want to make it clear that this was not an election and we had some very good applicants."

Elliott will be sworn in at the next regular council meeting on Sept. 17.

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