Two former city commissioners, a former state legislator and a candidate in the November election have applied to fill a vacant seat on the Arkansas City Commission.

Seven people in all submitted applications by the noon deadline Friday: Charles Tweedy, Bob Mathews, Anita Judd-Jenkins, Jim Sybrant, Michael Ard, Lloyd Colston and Travis Pearman.

Commissioner Dan Jurkovich resigned Aug. 6, citing his family and job as a financial planner as primary reasons for his decision to step down early. Jurkovich was nearing the end of his second term, which expires Jan. 13, 2020. 

The remaining four commissioners have 30 days from the date of the vacancy to fill the seat. They could make a decision at the next regularly scheduled commission meeting, which is Tuesday.

“You have up to 30 days,” City Manager Nick Hernandez said during a work session Friday. “If you want to bring more people in and question them you can.”

The commission must make a final selection by Sept. 5.

The applicants bring a wide range of experience.

Tweedy, a retired postal worker, has served on the commission several times, the last time as an appointed member in 2016.

He also has been on the library board, planning commission and zoning board. 

Mathews’s application includes a long list of civic involvement, including a previous three-year stint on the city commission, and previous service on the City-County Health Department board and the local Red Cross board. 

He currently is vice chair of Cowley County Crime Stoppers and chair of the Cowley County 

Community Developmental Disabilities Organization, his paperwork states.

Judd-Jenkins was elected to as District 80 state representative for one term in 2017. She has served on several city boards, including historic preservation, tourism, transportation and the library board.

Judd-Jenkins is retired from marketing at RCB Bank.

Sybrant, owner of Jim Sybrant Warehouse, previously served president of Ark City Industries and as a director of the local chamber. 

He said he has 50 years experience in building, developing and owning more than 300 properties in Ark City.

Ard said he brings more than 20 years experience as a public affairs professional. He worked for the U.S. Navy Reserve in public affairs from 1991 to 2015, and retired from Department of Defense civilian service in October 2018.

Colston’s application says he is a retired government employee. He stated experience on civic boards and groups but did not specify them.

Pearman is a candidate for commissioner in the Nov. 5 local elections, along with three others.

He said has been active with the Etzanoa  project and local chamber, and served as chair and vice treasurer for the 53rd Assembly District in Southern California. Pearman moved back to Arkansas City about two years ago.

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