NEWPORT — Newport City Council voted unanimously to appoint a former director of Lincoln County Health and Human Services to fill a vacancy in the chamber.

Council interviewed two candidates Nov. 1 to fill the seat vacated by Aaron Collett when he resigned in October to become city engineer. Those candidates were Kasey Mattingly and Jan Kaplan.

In council’s first business during its Nov. 15 meeting, Councilor Cynthia Jacobi nominated Kaplan. Council President CM Hall seconded the motion, and the full council assented.

Kaplan was then sworn in as the third councilor to hold the seat since an election was last held for it. Collett served about 15 months of the term to which David Allen, who resigned to become city attorney, was elected. The term ends Jan. 3, 2022

In his application, Kaplan wrote that he has 25 years of experience as a department head with three county governments, including Lincoln, and had served on the state Pacific Communities Health District Board, as well as local government committees.

Kaplan holds a Master of Social Work from Marywood University. He was actively involved in the development of the Nye Beach Neighborhood Association and is currently its president.

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