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Stradling and Mena replace Powers, Boccard

Bill Stradling and Ted Mena, both of whom have commission experience, have been appointed to the two Coral Springs City Commission seats that fell vacant following the suspension of commissioners Vince Boccard and Tom Powers.

The two former city officials were on Friday picked to do the job by Mayor Scott Brook, Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck and Commissioner Roy Gold. Stradling has been appointed to Power’s seat while Mena will fill in for Boccard. Boccard’s term is up in November this year while Powers’s term last till November 2012.

“I love Stradling’s humility and his vision; I have always appreciated Mena’s heart,” Brook said. “They will both hit the ground running.”

“Bill is rock solid,” said City Manager Mike Levinson. “Ted will be Ted. They are both great choices. Anyone among the final six would have been great. The next few months until September are crucial for the city; we have strategic planning, the budget and the business plan to take care of.”

With as many as 48 residents applying for the job, the City Commission initially short listed eleven and then brought the number down to six. Only Stradling, Mena and Dave Hulett figured in the final discussion. Although the Commission voted 3-0 to pick Stradling and Mena, it took a considerable amount of time before consensus could be reached.

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