It took a while, but the City Council sorted through more than 100
applicants to appoint 32 people to open positions on various city
boards, committees and commissions.
The appointments at Tuesday’s council meeting came after two hours
of public comment, most of which consisted of candidates making a
case for their appointment to everything from the Police Commission
to the Board of Library Trustees.
Following the public comment period, several council members said
the number of qualified applicants far exceeded the number of
available positions. The council even expanded the Youth Endowment
Services Fund Advisory Committee from five to seven members after
Councilman Dave Golonski suggested it would be an appropriate move to
accommodate nine candidates seeking two vacancies.
“Every time this comes around, I always try to increase the number
of positions on one board or another,” Golonski said.
One familiar name the council considered was former mayor David
Laurell, who was selected for the Park, Recreation and Community
Services Board. Laurell was competing with 10 other candidates for
Burbank Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Bowers, who
was appointed to the Board of Library Trustees, complimented the
council for not just relying on incumbents to fill the positions. She
joined incumbent Lee Paysinger in filling two board vacancies.
“By appointing fresh faces, they’ve taken a bold but important
step,” she said.
Mitchell Thomas and Margaret Taylor were appointed to the Planning
Board, but the council did not appoint a replacement for former
Chairwoman Carolyn Berlin, who abruptly resigned earlier this month.
Berlin’s resignation is effective today, and city officials said the
council has up to 90 days to appoint her replacement.