The city of Callaway is only days away from filling the vacant Ward II commission seat. The position opened up when Mayor Robert Thompson died suddenly on May 26th after only one month in office. Commissioner Thomas Abbott, who served as mayor pro-tem, succeeded Thompson. Now, the board will decide who will represent Ward II. According to the city's charter Abbott will serve as mayor until the next election in 2014. The new Ward II commissioner will also serve until the next election in 2014. After a review of all the applicants the vacancy is filled by a majority vote of the remaining four board members.
The seven potential commissioners include three women and four men:
Shannon Aufdencamp previously served as the Ward II commissioner from 2002-2006.
William Castor served four years in the Air Force and then worked for Stone Container Corporation for 32 years. Castor has also served as the Deputy Bailiff for the Election Office for the past seven years.
Thomas Disanto served twenty years in the Air Force and also has a back round in civil service.
David Griggs worked for Crown Cork & Seal for more than 30 years and was previously a member of the Callaway Citizens Advisory Group.
Pamn Henderson currently chairs the Audit Committee and serves as a member of the Planning Board. She is the director of administration for the Panama City - Bay County Airport and Industrial District.
Janene Melvin has been a citizen of Callaway for 43 years, the longest of all the applicants. Melvin retired from the banking industry after a 30 year career.
Jon Reed was on active duty in the Air Force for 23 years.
Board members will make their decision at the Callaway commission meeting on Tuesday night at the Arts and Conference center.