Craig City Council appoints new member to fill vacancy |

Craig City Council appoints new member to fill vacancy

David Bruce Cummings was unanimously approved to fill the vacancy of former Councilor Tony Bohrer

David Bruce Cummings during his Dec. 3 interview for an open council seat.

Five days after interviewing with Craig city council members, David Bruce Cummings – who goes by Bruce – was appointed to city council Tuesday night following a secret ballot vote.

Council members had the option of appointing a council member through a motion, or conducting a secret ballot vote. Council members unanimously decided to conduct a secret ballot vote, leading to the appointment of Cummings to council. He will replace outgoing Councilor Tony Bohrer, who will transition to his role as a county commissioner in January after nearly eight years on council.

Cummings, who moved to Craig in 2007, has worked as a property manager and has done volunteer work with domestic violence victims over the last nine years. Cummings is an advocate for victims and has done some volunteer work at the Moffat County Jail in years past, but said he hasn’t been able to get there as much this year due to COVID-19.

In his interview with councilors Dec. 3, Cummings stated that he has always been interested in public office, and felt it was time for him to have a voice locally.

“Our little town is very important to me, and I want it to succeed,” Cummings said. “So, I’m here offering my services to help see if we can find some different ways to help bring our little town back to its glory days.”

Having experience running a small business locally, Cummings had strong feelings on some issues facing Craig’s businesses moving forward. Cummings cited the pending closures of coal mines and the power plant, supporting first responders, and financial help for small businesses to ensure that they continue to succeed locally.

Later in his interview Dec. 3 when asked what he hopes to accomplish as a city council member, Cummings stated that he hopes to help all residents in the city limits.

“My biggest hope would be to make a difference in the city,” Cummings said. “I hope to help all of its citizens, all of its businesses, and all of its departments do a better.”

Following Cummings’ interview on Dec. 3, Bohrer stated that he’s known him a long time.

“He’s a very honest, genuine person,” Bohrer said. “He has a good heart and has given back to this community a lot, and I honestly feel that he’s here to serve.”

Following the secret ballot Tuesday night, Bohrer made the motion to approve the appointment of Cummings to city council. Councilman Ryan Hess seconded the motion. Councilors then unanimously approved the appointment of Cummings.

“Thank you to all candidates that put their names into the hat for the vacant seat,” Mayor Jarrod Ogden said. “It’s very much appreciated. Congratulations to newly-elected Councilman Cummings.”

Councilor Steve Mazzuca also reminded the community that there will be several open seats in November, and that those who are interested in a city council seat should run next year.

Cummings will be sworn in at the Jan. 12, 2021 meeting as city council canceled the Dec. 22 council meeting ahead of the holidays.

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