With two kids and two dogs, Fairfax Councilman Ryan O’Neil was just looking for a larger home. The one he wound up choosing is about 100 feet outside of the town’s official border—just far enough to make him leave his council seat.
“You get one shot at being honest,” O’Neil said, adding that he felt it was important to follow the rules. Even though his new home falls under LAFCO’s sphere of influence, he didn’t want a controversy focusing on his eligibility to stay on the council.
Rather than hold a costly special election to the tune of more than $40,000, the remaining council will appoint a replacement for O’Neil.
“Yes, the Council did decide to undertake an application process in order to appoint a replacement for Ryan O'Neil,” Councilman Larry Bragman wrote in an email to Patch. “It should be an interesting process.”
Anderson said that by late Tuesday afternoon, no one had turned in an application. Chris Lang, who lost a three-way race for two seats on the council in 2011 when O'Neil was elected, told the Marin Independent Journal that he will apply for the job.
O'Neil term, as well as that of his replacement, will end 2015.
Anderson said the council will hold a special meeting in March to interview applicants and make a selection at the council's April 3 meeting.
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