Kodiak resident Joseph Delgado has been selected to fill the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat left vacant by Duane Dvorak, according to the borough clerk’s office.
The Assembly met during a special meeting Tuesday night to decide between Delgado and fellow applicant Jared Griffin. The decision was made by secret ballot during open session.
Delgado currently serves on the planning and zoning commission and has had extensive government and board service.
He has served on both Ouzinkie’s city and tribal councils and on the board of the Ouzinkie Native Corp. He also served as the village’s transportation coordinator from 2009 to 2018.
Delgado will serve the remainder of Dvorak’s term, which ends in 2022.
Borough Mayor Bill Roberts said during the discussion that the secret ballot was fair to both applicants.
“In my mind they are both very viable candidates,” Roberts said. “If you don’t get chosen, we’ll be doing this again in a few weeks, so keep that in mind.”
Assembly Member Kavanagh steps down after Thursday’s regular meeting. The Assembly accepted her resignation, dated for Thursday, at the Aug. 19 meeting. Kavanaugh’s seat has two years left on it.
The borough hasn’t set a date for the application period. The person appointed will serve until the 2022 municipal election; the elected candidate will serve the balance of that seat’s term.
Meanwhile, the fate of a lawsuit filed by local attorney Mel Stephens on how those seats should be filled continues to work its way through the legal process.
Kodiak Superior Court Judge Stephen Wallace did not make a decision during a hearing on the topic Monday. Wallace heard testimony from both Stephens and Kodiak Island Borough Attorney Scott Brandt-Erichsen and Borough Clerk Alise Rice, who oversees borough elections.
Stephens argued that the two seats should be placed on the Oct. 5 municipal ballot to allow voters to select who will represent them in the Assembly.