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March 25, 2014

Marlow council to interview two mayoral hopefuls

MARLOW — MARLOW — Bob Hill’s resignation as Marlow mayor becomes official today and the Marlow City Council will talk to two possible replacements tonight.

The council will discuss appointing either Jeff Prater or Brad Boles to serve the remainder of Hill’s mayoral term.

Hill, a former Marlow police officer who was elected without oppositon two years ago, announced his resignation at the Feb. 25 council meeting.

 His decision came when he reached a crossroads between his plumbing and pipefitting business and his service to the city. Hill said he couldn’t dedicate enough time to either and had to choose between the two.

In the days following Hill’s announcement, Boles and Prater were the only two people to throw their hats into the ring for the mayoral appointment. Prater is a teacher and a Marlow volunteer firefighter. Boles is the president of Wilco Machine & Fab.

“It’s great for the community to have people step up,” City Administrator Jason McPherson said.

The meeting will begin with the council accepting Hill’s resignation. But toward the end of tonight’s meeting, council members will meet with the two candidates. An official decision on who will be appointed to the position will be made, McPherson said.

“They (the council members) will do live interviews,” McPherson said. “They have the opportunity to accept one of them.”

Going into the selection process, the city checked to see if the community involvement of the two men would have an impact on the mayor position.

Boles, a member of the Marlow Board of Education, has decided he would resign from the school board if appointed mayor.

McPherson said if one the mayoral candidates is selected, he will officially be installed on the council during the April meeting.

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