When vote is tied, city council tuns to a tried a true method. Tails wins
The Taft City Council appointed one planning commissioner Tuesday night.
A coin flip decided a second appointment.
Five people applied for two vacant four-year terms on the planning commission.
The candidates appeared at Tuesday night's council meeting and outlined their qualifications to serve on the commission.
Four of the five councilmen then voted on the candidates.
Mayor Randy Miller recused himself from the vote because of a conflict of interest.
One applicant, Jessica Miller, is his niece.
When the four remaining councilmen were polled to get their selections, one candidate, Jesus (Jesse) Baron received three votes and two other candidates, James Fleetwood and Jessica Skidgel, each received two votes.
The other applicants, Miller and Bob Jordan, got no votes.
After a brief discussion on whether to have the council vote again, it was decided to decide the second positions by coin flip.
Chief of Police Ken McMinn stepped forward with a ceremonial California Highway Patrol challenge coin.
Skidgel called heads, McMinn flipped the coin, and it landed tails .
Fleetwood joined Baron as a new planning commissioner.
Fleetwood is a production specialist and planner/scheduler at Occidental of Elk Hills and works along side planning commissioner Curtis Walchock.
Baron is a currently a building inspector for Kern County.
Both new commissioners are military veterans.
They will replace Barry Jameson and Greg Gray on the planning commission.
Jameson resigned from the commission after being elected to the West Kern Water District Board and Gray, who was appointed last summer, did not seek reappointment.