Buellton City Council will interview applicants and consider appointing one of them to a vacancy at the meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the City Council Chambers at 140 W. Highway 246.

The council also will consider options for installing street lights along Industrial Way as well as possibly forming a lighting district to pay for the lights.

Three people have applied for the vacant City Council seat formerly occupied by Foster Reif. They are Judith Dale, John Dorwin and Shannon Sadecki.

A 48-year resident of the city, Dale is now retired from UC Santa Barbara, where she was assistant director for Community & Youth and faculty member in the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies and Recreation from 1994 to 2011.

She is currently serving on the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation board, the Santa Barbara County Library Advisory Committee as the 3rd Supervisorial District representative, the Santa Barbara County Committee on School District Organization and on the board of the Buellton Community Educational Foundation, which she founded.

She is also president of the Friends of the Buellton Library.

Dorwin has been a resident of the city since 1988 and is a self-employed lawyer and notary public who has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and on the Buellton Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

He is president of the Santa Ynez Valley Bar Association, past president of the Buellton Chamber of Commerce, past president and director of the San Lorenzo Foundation.

He was a volunteer for the Urban Growth Boundary project and a member of the Santa Ynez Valley Sportsman’s Association.

Sadecki has been a high school math and science teacher for the past 11 years with the Santa Barbara Unified School District who has lived in the city for 28 years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with an emphasis on urban planning and development and performed environmental planning work, surveying and plan checks for an engineering firm.

She then returned to school to earn her teaching credential and a master’s degree in multicultural education.


News Editor

Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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