Gunnison City appoints new councilman
GUNNISON—An official of Freedom Innovations, has been appointed to the Gunnison City Council to fill the seat vacated by Thayne Carlisle, who has moved to the Wasatch Front to take a new job.
At a city council meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 22, Gunnison Mayor Bruce Blackham recommended Shawn Crane, human resources manager at Freedom Innovations, to fill the vacancy.
A motion was made and the city council voted unanimously to appoint Crane.
Blackham went on to announce he would not seek re-election as mayor in elections later this year.
“I have no particular agenda,” Crane said. “My agenda is simply to do the best that I can with the public’s money and pursue what’s good for the city itself. That’s what drives me, and that’s what’s always driven me when I have served in different capacities in city government and throughout my life.
“The thing I like to say to myself is, ‘What is the right answer?’ That’s what drives my decision making between good, better and best. I thought I would throw my hat in because it’s a good opportunity to serve the people of Gunnison.”
Previously, Crane served as both mayor and a member of the town board of Fayette, where he lived at the time.
Three other residents, Michelle Smith, Brent McClellan and Jay Clayton, applied for the position.
“I am going to recommend that we appoint Shawn Crane,” Blackham told the city council and the other applicants. “He has a lot of experience, and he can help us out.”
“Please don’t walk away discouraged,” Blackham told the remaining applicants. “With the upcoming elections, there will be three new positions open in city leadership, including my own. I will not be running for re-election this year.”
The three open positions are mayor, Crane’s temporary seat and the seat currently held by Robert Anderson.