BY BECKY GINOS
WOODS CROSS—Although he lost the election for his city council seat in November to Julie Checketts, current city council member Matt Terry isn’t leaving. Last week the council selected Terry from a pool of seven applicants vying for Jessica Gertsch’s post after she moved from Woods Cross to West Bountiful.
“I was in your position four years ago,” Council member Wallace Larrabee told the candidates before a decision was made. “I didn’t make it then but decided I needed to be more engaged in our community.”
Applicants were given five minutes before the council to introduce themselves and explain why they would be a good fit for the position. Council members were also allowed to pose questions to individuals or the group.
“It’s brave of you to stick your neck out there,” said council member Ryan Westergard. “Thank you for being willing and interested in participating.”
Council members made their top three picks to narrow the field to two. Terry received a unanimous vote with James Grover as the second contender. Ultimately, Terry was selected. He enthusiastically took his place back with the council to fill Gertsch’s remaining term ending Dec. 31, 2019.
Terry is no stranger to this process. He was chosen in a similar fashion in 2016 when council member James Sheldon stepped down to become a police officer for the Wood Cross Police Department.