Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Monday, Jan. 9 @ 2:23 p.m. / Local Government

Crescent City Set to Discuss Filling Vacant Seat; Applicants Include Former Mayor

Three people, including a former councilwoman, have submitted applications to fill the Crescent City Council seat Beau Smith left behind roughly two months ago.

Candidates include former Del Norte County public health manager Steve Shamblin; Planning Commission Vice Chair Raymond Walp and Kelly Schellong, former City Councilor and current chair of the Measure S Oversight Committee.

The remaining Councilors are expected to interview the applicants and choose Smith’s replacement at a special meeting Tuesday.
Appointing a replacement will have no fiscal impact on the city, according City Manager Eric Wier’s staff report. If the City Council chooses to hold a special election, however, the cost could be about $40,000, according to Wier.

Each applicant will have two minutes to speak to Councilors about their qualifications and why they should be appointed to the Council. They will also answer questions from each Councilor, including follow-up questions. Once the interview is over, each applicant will have another two minutes to provide closing remarks before Councilors take action.

Shamblin is retired after almost 30 years in the financial sector of the aerospace industry. According to his resume, Shamblin also oversaw 29 separate programs as the Del Norte County Public Health manager. He has also served on the Palmdale Library Board of Trustees.

According to the questionnaire he submitted to the city, Walp said he wants to serve on the Council to take an active role in the community.

Schellong, the sales manager at Bicoastal Media, was on the City Council from 2006-2014, including two years as mayor. During her tenure on the City Council, Crescent City built its $44 million wastewater treatment plant, created masterplans for Beachfront Park and Front Street, remodeled the Fred Endert Municipal Pool and created a receivership program to handle blight.

The Crescent City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Flynn Center, 981 H Street in Crescent City. Meetings are also available via Zoom by clicking here.


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