Baxter appointed to fill Gypsum Town Council vacancy
GYPSUM — Members of the Gypsum Town Council unanimously choose native son Bill Baxter to join their ranks during a special meeting Friday evening.
Baxter was one of 12 candidates for the council vacancy, created by the resignation of member Karen Shaeffer. The council heard from the applicants during the town’s regular meeting Tuesday and then set the special meeting Friday to make the appointment.
Baxter is the current president of the Gypsum Fire District Board of Directors. He works as the controls and automation engineer for the American Gypsum wallboard plant. He took his oath of office Friday and will join the council for his first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Gypsum Mayor Steve Carver asked the assembled candidates and audience members if they watch the television show “The Voice.”
“It’s like that. Everyone is good,” Carver said.
“I don’t think we could have gone wrong with anyone we had who applied,” said Council Member Chris Huffman.
“This was not an easy process to go through. You are all very qualified, and you all presented yourselves well,” added Council Member Marissa Sato.
Baxter agreed with the council’s comments. “I am humbled,” he said, noting the strong field of candidates. “I will do my best to make the right decisions for our town.”
When it came time to vote, there were three nominations from the council. Along with Baxter, hopefuls Lori McCole and Randy Braucht were among the finalists.
Carver urged all the candidates to continue their interest in town government.
“Start attending the town council meetings,” Carver said. “That will help you, if you should be elected.”
The next municipal election will take place in April 2020. There will be three seats open.
Wolves were a problem for ranchers when Kip Gates’ great-great-grandfather homesteaded in the area. He doesn’t want the problem to return.