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Talent council appoints Brown to Goyette's seat

TALENT — Kierstin Brown, a property manager and a member of the city's Parks Commission, was appointed Wednesday to fill the City Council seat left vacant when Council member Dan Goyette resigned following his recent arrest.

Brown was chosen from four applicants for the position. "I'm very excited. I'm looking forward to it," Brown said. "There's a lot of big change in Talent, and I'm excited to be part of that."

Among changes she named are the appointment of a new city manager, dealing with continuing growth, opening up walking trails and making Talent more community-based.

Council members Theresa Cooke, Diane Glendenning and E.J. McManus cast ballots for Brown. Sherman Lamb voted for former mayor and Councilman Don Steyskal. Chris Auer voted for former Councilwoman Darby Stricker. John Olson, another parks commissioner, also had applied for the spot.

Goyette, who was elected to a four-year term in November 2011, resigned in early September. Goyette was arrested Aug. 31 on a felony charge alleging attempted use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. He entered a not guilty plea to the charge Monday.

Brown manages the 143-unit Parkside Apartments complex on Rapp Road and 12 other homes in the Rogue Valley. She has lived in town for six years, and her daughter attends Talent Elementary School.

"I think Talent is a nice community to raise a family in and live in, and I want to make sure it stays that way," said Brown. "If there's anything I can do to help that, that's great."

Brown worked for the Public Affairs Department in the city of Phoenix, Ariz., and was employed by two lobbyists in the Arizona Legislature. She has also worked for Eastman Kodak, American Express and as an office manager for Alaska Communications Systems, a telephone company.

"I feel I have business skills that I think are applicable to the city of Talent," said Brown. "I think my diversity will help with my decision-making."

Mayor Bill Cecil said Brown will bring some new perspectives to the council.

"The Parks Commission has been really happy with her," said Cecil. "When I interviewed her for the commission, I was really impressed with her. She's a good, intelligent person."

Under Talent's charter, Brown will serve through December 2012. Voters will decided in November 2012 who will fill the remaining two years of the Position 3 term.

Tony Boom is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Reach him at tboomwriter@gmail.com.