Westwood was selected from among 15 applicants when Mayor Joe Burgess broke a tied vote from the city council.
The council voted by writing their votes down and Burgess collected them. How each councilor voted will be reflected in the minutes.
They initially narrowed it down from 15 to about five candidates, and then to three. The final three candidates were Rich Gillette, Holly Porter, and Westwood. When trying to get the pool to two, there was a tie between two candidates, so Burgess broke the tie, eliminating Gillette.
The four council members then again cast their votes, with two votes for Porter and two for Westwood. The mayor broke the tie, choosing Westwood.
Westwood said he previously served two terms on the council, finishing his service on Dec. 31, 2007. He applied for the position because it is a one-year term, he said, and he believes with the issues the city is facing the person selected should have background and experience. He hasn’t yet decided whether he will run for a four-year term in the November election.
Burgess said he chose Westwood because of his experience on the council and the short one-year term. He believes it takes six to eight months to start feeling comfortable on the council and learn the processes, and Westwood will be able to “hit the ground running,” he said.
“I know John,” Burgess said. “I know how he thinks because of my experience here with him.”
He added that all those who had votes from the council were very qualified.