One leaves, one joins Cedar Park City Coun­cil

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Mike Parker Cedar Park-le­an­der States­man Jon Lux has been ap­pointed to fill the seat of ex-mayor pro tem Tony Dale un­til May.

CEDAR PARK — There’s a new face on the Cedar Park City Coun­cil, and a fa­mil­iar one is no longer there.

Scott Mitchell, the Cedar Park City Coun­cil’s long­est serv­ing mem­ber, an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion at the coun­cil’s Nov. 29 meet­ing, cit­ing a work com­mit­ment he learned about that day. He said he will serve on the coun­cil through its next re­treat.

“This has been a great ad­ven­ture, and I am go­ing to have an­other one,” he said.

Mitchell is a soft­ware ver­i­fi­ca­tion en­gi­neer at IBM. The work as­sign­ment will send him to Canada for sev­eral months, he said. Mitchell said he will run for his seat again in May.

On Satur­day the City Coun­cil se­lected Jon Lux, Cedar Park’s Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion chair, to fill the seat of former mayor pro tem Tony Dale. Dale re­signed from his seat Nov. 13 af­ter be­ing elected state rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

The city coun­cil chose Lux over five other can­di­dates — Mo Ja­hadi, Homer Rocha, Ed­die Hurst, Corbin Van Ars­dale and Scott Rogers — to serve on the Place 5 seat. The coun­cil made the de­ci­sion af­ter in­ter­view­ing the can­di­dates dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing Satur­day.

Lux’s ap­point­ment is to com­plete the re­main­der of Dale’s term, and the seat will be up for elec­tion in May. Lux, worked as trea­surer dur­ing Dale’s state rep cam­paign, has served on the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion since 2009 and as a mem­ber of the city’s Tourism Ad­vi­sory Board from 2008 to 2009.

“When there are dis­agree­ments, he has stated and demon­strated within the P&Z and tourism board a calm­ing pres­ence,” Mayor Matt Pow­ell said. “His mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence is ob­vi­ous when you speak to him. You put that all to­gether and you have an im­pres­sive can­di­date.”

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