Government / Politics

Nine applicants considered for Hollister City Council seat

The city council will conduct public interviews April 17 to fill District 4 vacancy

Nine residents of Hollister’s District 4 have expressed interest in being considered for the city council seat left vacant when Roy Sims resigned March 6, after serving just four months. Each applicant submitted written cover letters and résumés to the city clerk. The four seated council members will interview them during a public meeting prior to the regular April 17 city council meeting.

Each council member has until 5 p.m., April 12 to submit their purposed questions to the city clerk.

The nine applicants are: Jacob Aguirre, Tim Burns, Jim Gillio, Adolfo Gonzalez, David Huboi, Robert Marden, Marty Richman, Ashley Sand and William Woodall.

According to his cover letter and résumé, Jacob Aguirre has 10 years of hands-on experience in quality management, food safety, security management, people safety, operations, waste management and in leading/coaching a team. He  is the quality and food safety supervisor/sanitation supervisor and business security coordinator at Kellogg Company, where he manages the company’s overall regulatory/ FDA inspections, quality food safety programs, sanitation programs, security programs and waste management programs. He has an associate's degree in liberal arts from Merced College.

Tim Burns, who ran against Sims in November 2016, receiving 44 percent of the vote, is a retired police officer from Los Gatos, and has served in additional in law enforcement, neighborhood preservation, teaching, licensed contracting and conflict resolution positions. For six years, he was employed by the City of Spokane, Wash., as police ombudsman with oversight responsibilities for 400 members of the police department. He was also employed by the City of Visalia for five years, managing the neighborhood preservation division, with additional responsibilities for code enforcement, substandard housing program, the affordable housing program, and administrative citation and hearing program. Burns has a BS degree in administration of criminal justice, with a minor in sociology from San Jose State University.

Jim Gillio served a number of years as a volunteer reserve police officer and deputy sheriff in Fresno and San Benito Counties, as well as Gilroy, retiring with the rank of captain. He has also served in volunteer positions with the Gilroy Garlic Festival and reading programs in local schools. Since leaving law enforcement, he has operated his own business. During the past year, Gillio has joined the Hollister Rotary Club and San Benito County Business Council, which he said has increased his network with local business leaders.

Adolpho Gonzalez has operated a family-owned business in downtown Hollister since 2007. He has more than 30 years civil service experience working in the communities of San Jose, Visalia, and Watsonville, where he is the traffic systems coordinator, addressing quality-of-life issues. Previously, he worked as the traffic manager in Visalia, where he was responsible for traffic operations and maintenance. In San Jose, he served as the principal engineering technician, working with schools and other organizations on safety concerns. Gonzalez has a master’s degree in public administration from National University, and a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix.

David Huboi has been a member of the Hollister Planning Commission for 12 years and has been a self-employed architect in Hollister for 21 years, saying that has allowed him to establish working relationships with city planning staff, public works, and the building department. He had an active role in campaigning for city sales tax measures as chairman of Measure R, and co-chairman of Measure T. He is the chairman of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Green Business Committee. He is a former board member of the San Benito County Homeless Task Force and Habitat for Humanity. Huboi has a bachelor of arts degree from San Jose University.

Robert Marden is retired after working 31 years as a medical device salesman. He served as the foreman of the 2014-15 San Benito County Grand Jury. He is on the Measure E Oversight Committee, as well as board member and former president of CASA of San Benito, a member of the BenitoLink advisory boad and the Olive Festival Committee. Additionally, he served six years on the board of directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and nine years as president for Camarena Health Care Clinic. Marden served nine years as a volunteer for the City of Madera Police Department, and nine years as a volunteer for the Hollister Police Department.

Marty Richman has more than 50 years in public, private and community service. He has been a contributing columnist for the Free Lance newspaper and BenitoLink for a number of years. An engineer by training, he has worked on environmental clean-up projects. Richman has worked in the automotive and aerospace industries. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years as a nuclear weapons technical officer, retiring as a chief warrant officer. He has an associate's degree from New York Regents University, as well as a number of technical certifications. Richman ran for mayor of Hollister in 2012.

Ashey Sand has worked as a self-employed administrative consultant since 2007. Prior to that, she has had a career — dating back to 1997 — working in executive management positions for high-tech companies, including Google, Hewlett Packard, and iCompression, for which she was the founder and CEO. She has been active in civic organizations for a number of years, including the Measure W Citizens’ Oversight Committee and the Valley View Neighborhood Watch Program. Sand has a paralegal certification from West Valley College.

William Woodall has worked in sales and as a financial analyst in the food industry for the majority of his career. He was the district sales leader for Frito Lay for eight years. For four years, he worked as the district sales manager for the Coca Cola Company. For the past two years, he has worked for Mission Foods in San Jose, as its district sales manager, working with independent distributors and retail customers. Woodall has a master of science degree in finance from the University of Miami, and a bachelor of science degree in management from the University of Phoenix.

After the public interviews with each applicant, the city council will go into closed session to appoint one who will serve until the Nov. 2018 general election. The only qualifications for the position are to be at least 18 years old and a resident of District 4.

John Chadwell

John Chadwell is a BenitoLink reporter and an author. He has many years experience as a freelance photojournalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, scriptwriter and novelist. He is a former U.S. Navy Combat Photojournalist and is an award-winning writer who has worked for magazine, newspapers, radio and television. He has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Chapman University and underwent graduate studies at USC Cinema School. John has worked as a script doctor and his own script, God's Club, was released as a motion picture in 2016. He has also written eight novels, ranging from science fiction to true crime that are sold on Amazon. To contact John Chadwell, send an email to: johnchadwell@benitolink.com.