Kevin Brubeck chosen to fill Eagle board vacancy
Kevin Brubeck, long-time Eagle resident and current chairman of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Eagle Town Board resulting from the recent resignation of Joe Knabel.
The board appointed Brubeck Tuesday night after three candidates — Brubeck, Paul Witt and Steve Sheldon — expressed interest in the position.
“It wasn’t a formal process,” said Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick. “The process was what we made of it.”
Kostick said after Knabel announced his resignation, the three candidates contacted board members and prompted a series of emails between board members and the hopefuls.
Brubeck’s appointment did not generate discussion Tuesday night. “I was a bit surprised that no one decided to talk about the candidates on the record,” said Kostick.
Newly elected board member Doug Seabury made the motion to appoint Brubeck, noting his experience on the planning commission meant he was up to speed with issues facing the town board.
Kostick said that in general, the board felt Brubeck was the best fit for the appointment, because he was familiar with the various files facing the town. However, his familiarity with one of those files — Rocky Mountain Pure retail marijuana — prompted Brubeck to step down from deliberations after his appointment. Kostick said that Eagle Town Attorney Ed Sands noted there was no case law governing whether a person who had heard testimony for a land use file as a planning commission member could then vote on the issue as a town board member. Kostick said Brubeck and the town opted to take the safest route and have the newly appointed member step down from the discussion.
“There is an overabundance of caution on anything having to do with marijuana,” said Kostick.
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.