McKay, others apply for WMFR board vacancy

Anna Maria public works superintendent George McKay is one of five people to apply to fill a vacancy on the West Manatee Fire Rescue District board of commissioners.

The vacancy occurred when John Rigney moved out of the WMFR district in May and was required to resign. Under WMFR’s charter, commissioners appoint a qualified applicant to complete the remainder of the term, which expires in November 2012.

Also applying for the vacancy is former WMFR commissioner Mike Mulyck, who was defeated in the November 2010 election by Scott Ricci.

WMFR Chief Andy Price said applicants must reside in the district, be eligible to vote and be able to attend monthly board meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the WMFR administration center, 6477 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

The deadline for submission of applications is July 10. The commission will review the applications and appoint a new member from the qualified applicants at its July 21 meeting.

WMFR commissioners are not paid, although the WMFR charter allows for a monthly stipend to commissioners. Since it was formed in May 2000, the WMFR district commission has consistently voted not to take a salary, making it the only fire district board in Manatee County whose members do not receive compensation, Price said.

Other applicants are Robert Kelly of Holmes Beach, Dennis McElwaine of Holmes Beach and David Bishop of northwest Bradenton.

Anyone interested in submitting an application for the vacancy should call the WMFR at 941-761-1555.

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