Shawnee City Commission will interview four applicants for the Ward 1 seat at the Monday night meeting.

Shawnee City Commission will interview four applicants for the Ward 1 seat at the Monday night meeting.

Applicants for the position, vacant since the April 6 health-related resignation of Gary Vogel, are Dell Kerbs, William “Bill” D. Kirkland, Regena Morton and John Winterringer.

Kirkland, retired, most recently worked as an educator and coach. He noted he has knowledge of budgets and the needs of employees and the people of Shawnee.

“I respect others, am fair and like to research possibilities,” he said.

A resident of Shawnee since October 2011, a sample of Kirkland’s application-listed volunteer involvement includes YMCA and Shawnee schools.

Morton, a retired public school teacher, moved to Shawnee as an eighth grader in 1971. She said Shawnee is a good place to live and wants to make it even better. Morton added she is honest and tries very hard to be fair.

“As a teacher, I wanted all my students to feel special. I'm a big believer in manners and respect. No one person is more important than any other,” she said. “When I taught, my class motto was, ‘If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.’”

Kirkland and Morton join early applicants Kerbs and Winterringer.

Kerbs, president of Safe Events for Families and owner of Coney Island, recently detailed his motivation.

“I live in Ward 1, I have a business in the downtown area and I have two young children,” the 14-year Shawnee resident said. “I feel it’s just part of who I am to help make this city a better place.”

Winterringer is familiar with the position, having served as Ward 5 commissioner from 2009 to 2014. He believes his experience will help the community continue to provide great services.

“I am a team player and will always put the interest of the city first,” he said.

Winterringer, a resident of Shawnee for 47 years, also marked on his application he is interested in serving on the Airport Advisory Board and the Building Code Board of Appeals.

Winterringer’s activities partially include participating as a board member for South Central Industries and the Pioneer Library System.

The city website states each applicant will have the opportunity to address the commission and be interviewed at the 6:30 p.m. city commission meeting, located in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.

“Following the interviews,” the city announcement reads, “the city commission will consider the appointment of a person to fill the vacancy… or have the option to defer appointment to a subsequent meeting.”

A swearing-in ceremony is set for May 18.