SANFORD — Seven people have expressed interest in the city council vacancy created with the recent resignation of Ken Burgess.

The council is expected to interview applicants June 17 and could take a vote that evening.

Applicants include attorney Gregory Vigue; former Town Meeting member and perennial council candidate Victor DiGregorio; former school committee chairman and budget committee chairman Donald Jamison; budget committee member Wesley Davie; Dianne Connolly, who came in second in the race for Burgess’ seat in the November 2013 election; and Matthew Treadwell, who has served on the city’s finance committee and planning board.

Local business owner Steve Guillemette also submitted an application, but is not being considered because the city charter prohibits city employees from serving on the council. According to the city manager’s assistant, Sherry Lord, Guillemette’s application letter cannot be accepted because he is a member of the Sanford Fire Department call company and so is technically a city employee. Lord said City Manager Steve Buck has informed Guillemette of the issue.

Burgess, whose second term in office began in January after his election in November, resigned late last month. He has been absent, with notice, from most city council meetings since he was sworn in on Jan. 7 because his work schedule takes him out of the area.

”¢ Vigue, who lived in Sanford from 1972-84 and again since 2008, is an immigration attorney and volunteer mediator as well as a guardian ad litem, representing abused and neglected children. He served on the planning board when he lived in Sunapee, N.H., and in his application letter said he works collaboratively and has an “above and beyond” work ethic.

Ӣ DiGregorio was a Town Meeting member and former member of the finance committee. His application lists him as having established a number of businesses, and he pledged to work with all councilors.

”¢ Jamison said with his prior experience on the school committee and budget committee, he is ready to “hit the ground running.” He said his experience as an engineer for FedEx brings a new perspective to the council.

Ӣ Davie, who manages a Portsmouth, N.H.-based health consulting business, said his background in creating and managing budgets, data analysis and project management would serve the council well. He said he can offer a new perspective to the council.

Ӣ Connolly, who is entering her third year studying criminology, came within 142 votes of besting Burgess in the November election. She attends council and budget meetings.

“I believe I can be a team player to help the current city council members move the city of Sanford forward,” she said in her application.

”¢ Matthew Treadwell, who has previously sought a council seat, served on the executive board of Sanford Downtown Legacy for four years. He’s worked with other Sanford parents in an effort to bring a children’s museum to the city, and has previously served on the planning board and finance committee.

“I firmly believe Sanford is on the cusp of something special, and I would like to help guide that process,” Treadwell wrote.

Councilors will appoint an individual to serve until Dec. 31. The remaining two years of the term, which commences Jan. 1, will be filled through an election in November.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]

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