Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 | 9:05 p.m.
The Henderson City Council has chosen Planning Commissioner John Marz to fill the council seat vacated by Kathleen Vermillion earlier this month.
Marz, who has a long history as a business owner and marketing executive in the valley, said during his interview Monday that he would serve as a "caretaker" for the seat and not run for re-election in 2013.
"I have been a resident of Henderson for over 26 years … I have owned and run my own business with over 100 employees," Marz said during his presentation. “I make a commitment to you that I will not run for re-election. I will give those people who serve after me an opportunity to run for this seat.”
Marz was appointed in a 3-1 vote by the council, with Councilwoman Gerri Schroder casting the only opposing vote.
A total of 11 candidates were given three minutes each to present their qualifications to the council Monday night. Council members also had a chance to ask questions of the candidates, with Mayor Andy Hafen asking each what their strengths and weaknesses are, and with Schroder focusing on what each candidate saw as the most important issue in their ward.