A replacement for outgoing Prosser City Council member Humberto Rodriguez could be chosen Tuesday.
Five candidates — Rebecca Grove, Stephanie Groom, John Schroeder, Joe Castillo and Rebecca “Reba” Fink — are scheduled to be interviewed by City Council members at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, 601 Seventh St. The vote to appoint one of them to the council will take place at the regular 7 p.m. meeting.
Rodriguez stepped down in July because he was not able to find a home within city limits for his growing family.
Castillo and Fink submitted their applications Thursday, which was the final day to apply.
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Castillo, 37, a diesel mechanic with RDO Equipment, has lived in the Prosser area for five years, having moved from Grandview. He wants to help bring the perspective of younger people and Hispanics to the city’s governing body.
Fink, 44, a school bus driver with the Prosser School District, has lived in the city for nine years. Among Fink’s goals are helping to promote the city and its events as well as providing more activities for children.
Groom, 48, works as an accounting/HR manager with Chukar Cherries. As a council member, she said she would continue the city’s efforts at maintaining its small-town feel while growing. She also wants to bring a fresh perspective to the council.
Schroeder, 67, retired as vice president at Milne Fruit in January 2015. He wants to apply his business experience, which includes writing budgets, to the city’s budget process.
Grove, 28, is a homemaker who previously worked as a virtual training specialist with Amazon. On her application, she indicated a desire to bring a younger voice and fresh perspective to the council.
This is the first vacancy since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office recommended the city take steps, such as advertising openings in Spanish, to encourage women and minorities to apply.
The USDA’s civil rights attorneys based the recommendation on a 2015 audit of the city, when its seven-member council was solely comprised of non-Hispanic white men. Rodriguez, the city’s first Hispanic councilman, and Mary Ruth Edwards were elected to the governing body in November.