Not without some public grumbling
Three members of the Madera City Council decided Wednesday to save $65,000 by making appointments instead of holding an election for mayor and three open council seats since all are unopposed.
Councilman Robert Poythress and Mayor Pro Tem Andy Medellin had to recuse themselves prior to the discussion and the vote because of a conflict of interest, since both would be appointed by the resolution.
Councilwoman Sally Bomprezzi moved to make the appointments instead of holding the election, and her motion was seconded by Councilman Gary Svanda. The vote passed 3-0 to appoint Robert Poythress as Madera’s first “elected” mayor.
Likewise, Councilman Andy Medellin was appointed to represent council district 2; Derek Orlando Robinson, Sr. was appointed to represent district 4, and Donald E. Holley was appointed to represent district 6. The appointees will take office Dec. 5 and will serve four years...