The Craig City Council appointed Kent Nielson, left, on Tuesday as its newest member. Nielson replaces Gene Bilodeau, who left his seat in December to take a job in South Dakota.

Photo by Erin Fenner

The Craig City Council appointed Kent Nielson, left, on Tuesday as its newest member. Nielson replaces Gene Bilodeau, who left his seat in December to take a job in South Dakota.

Kent Nielson appointed to Craig City Council

— Craig City Council has appointed Kent Nielson as its newest council member.

Nielson, manager of United Supply of the Rockies and a bishop for Craig’s first ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has some experience working on the council. He was a council member for two consecutive terms, starting in 1999.

Now, he will act as an interim council member until the next election in 2015.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the city council,” Nielson said. “I look forward to the challenges and the next 15 months.”

Nielson is taking over former City Council member Gene Bilodeau’s empty spot. Bilodeau left his seat in December after accepting a new position as the executive director of the University Center in Rapid City, S.D. Bilodeau had served as a council member since 2007.

Two other residents were considered for appointment: former council member Tom Gilchrist and former school board member Andrea Camp.

Nielson praised Camp and Gilchrist.

“Either one of those would be a good choice,” he said. “I just hope that I can do a responsible job and represent the citizens of Craig.”

It was a tough decision, Mayor Terry Carwile said. It actually took the council three votes to decide. The first two were ties.

“The city really can’t go wrong,” Carwile said. These three are “highly capable and committed people.”

But the council was happy to land on Nielson, and the council members offered their congratulations.

After his appointment, Nielson sat in on his first city council meeting of this term.

He had considered running for office in the last election but held off. It wasn’t until council members approached him with the idea of pursuing Bilodeau’s open spot that he considered it again and got involved. Nielson said he then started attending meetings again.

“It’s a privilege and an honor,” he said.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

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