HUGHSON -- The current City Council will meet one last time to certify the results of the election that will transform the body into the new City Council.
A special meeting has been set for Monday night to consider last week's recall election in which voters overwhelmingly decided to remove Councilmen Thom Crowder and Doug Humphreys from their seats. The recall also targeted a third councilman, Ben Manley, who resigned in early August.
If that vote passes, a second meeting will be held an hour later to swear in new members George Carr, Jeramy Young and Jill Silva.
Humphreys said he intended to be at Monday's meeting. He had no comment on the recall.
Crowder said he hopes to attend the meeting, but he has a doctor's appointment in San Francisco that might keep him away.
"I know what people will say if I'm not there, that we're trying to block (the election results) or something," he said. "I'm trying to get the appointment moved."
Crowder said he doesn't intend to oppose the election results, although he thinks the new council will struggle with city business because of its inexperience.
"I think Jeramy Young will be an excellent council member," Crowder said of the Modesto police sergeant. "And I think Jill Silva (assistant chief probation officer for Stanislaus County) has some good skills, too. But none of them went to any meetings until they threw their hat into the ring."
Crowder was less charitable toward Carr, a technical analyst for AT&T who successfully campaigned for his seat. "But I'm willing to let bygones be bygones. Let's see if they can do a better job than we did," Crowder said.
The City Council meeting to certify the election results will be at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 7018 Pine St. It will be followed by a special meeting at 7 at the Community/Senior Center, 2307 Fourth St.
Bee staff writer Patty Guerra will blog live from both meetings. Click on the blog from www.modbee.com starting at 6 p.m. Monday.