Architect John Bishop of Palma Sola was selected by the West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commission to complete the remainder of John Rigney’s term.
Rigney resigned in May after he moved out of the district. One of the requirements to be a WMFRD commissioner is to reside within the district.
Commissioners decided on Bishop at their July 21 meeting after reviewing the qualifications of the five applicants. Among those applying were Anna Maria public works director George McKay and former WMFR commissioner Mike Mulcyk. Holmes Beach residents Dennis McElwaine and Robert Kelly also submitted applications.
Bishop will serve until November 2012.
The job of WMFRD commissioner is unpaid, although commissioners by law could vote for compensation.
When the district was first formed in 1999, commissioners voted not to accept any payment.