Council watcher and longtime Atherton resident John Ruggeiro is the third applicant for the vacant City Council seat, hoping for an appointment when the council interviews candidates on July 11.
Mr. Ruggeiro, who filed his application this morning (July 3), has served on the town's Transportation Committee for 10 years, and currently is its vice chairman. He's a 25-year member of the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, a 20-year member of Friends of the Atherton Library, and a 17-year member of the Atherton Civic Interest League.
Greg Conlon and Rick DeGolia also are applying for the council seat vacated on July 1 by Jerry Carlson, who is moving out of town.
The City Council decided on June 19 to appoint Mr. Carlson's replacement if three of the four remaining members can agree on a single candidate. Council members will interview applicants on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m.; if they fail to appoint one to the seat that night, they will vote on whether to call for an election in November.
If the council appoints an applicant, that person would be sworn into office at the July 17 council meeting and would serve out Mr. Carlson's term, which ends in December 2014.
An Atherton resident since 1979, Mr. Ruggeiro is a retired San Francisco Police Department lieutenant. His experience "supervising over 200 officers gives me the unique capability to deal with the police department, which is responsible for over 70 percent of the town budget," he wrote in his application.
As a regular council meeting attendee since 1982, Mr. Ruggeiro has observed the workings of numerous councils and town managers. He wants to serve on the council, he said in his application, to "try to keep the council unified and focused on the continuous improvement of all town services."
Residents have until 5 p.m. Monday, July 8, to apply for the council seat. Those interested should contact City Clerk Theresa DellaSanta at 752-0529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application forms are available online at the town's website under the "Announcement" heading on the home page.