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D2 applicant names released; interviews on January 23

 Six residents of District 2 have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 17.

The following applicants (read complete applications) are listed by the order in which applications were received by the City Clerk:

Nancy Hayden – SC Grand: Hayden has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve.

Alyson Cline – SC Grand: Cline has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the President of Friends of the Surprise Libraries and Chair for Read on Greater Surprise. She’s a former member of the Surprise Disability Advisory Commission and cited her enjoyment for bringing people together to meet the needs of Surprise among her reasons for seeking office.

Robert Estep – Bell West Ranch: Estep has lived in Surprise for 13 years and is a Realtor with Home Smart Realty; and prior service with Ken Meade Realty. He has previous service with Eve’s Place, Chance Shelter and other non-profits. He states among his reasons for wanting to serve is to give back to the community and help it grow in the right direction.

Susan deJong – SC Grand: DeJong has lived in Surprise for more than three years and although mostly retired, serves as a substitute teacher with the Dysart Unified School District. She also chairs the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission. Having served on that commission since 2011, she states her desire to better serve the community in a greater way on council.

Wendell V. Fountain – SC Grand: Fountain has lived in Surprise for five months. He is President and CEO of Fountain Associates Business and Management Consults and in an Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University’s Jerry Colangelo College of Business. He stated that his interest to serve was to improve quality of life and economic progress in Surprise.

Glenn L. Stark – Bell West Ranch: Stark has lived in Surprise for nine years and is self-employed through Cruise Planners- Carla and Glen Stark Travel Agency. He is a member of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Surprise Citizens Corps Council and a United States Army Veteran. He stated as a reason for wanting to serve is to maintain a safe community and manage responsible growth.

Brian Eichelberger (withdrawn from process) – Arizona Traditions: Eichelberger has lived in Surprise for three years and is currently retired. His most recent employment background was with the California Department of Corrections. He cited his care and support of the community among his reasons for wanting to serve on Council.

The City Council will interview the applicants in a Special City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

Per city code the public comment period regarding the applicants will close Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m. and be shared with City Council. The Council will vote on appointment selection at their February 6th Regular Meeting, 6 p.m., at City Hall.

To view the candidates applications visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.