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Former Councilman is Councilman Again in Bellevue

The Bellevue City Council - at a special meeting on Wednesday night - voted to fill the vacancy created by Melissa Tatum's resignation earlier this month.

After an executive session that lasted about an hour, the council voted 5-0 to appoint Steven A. Brun to fulfill Tatum's term.

Brun was not present at Wednesday's meeting and there were no remarks shared about the decision during the public part of the meeting.

The newly appointed council member was previously elected in 2004, serving three terms through 2010, when he lost the race for mayor to current Mayor Ed Riehl. 

"I am more than excited at the prospect at being back on city council," Brun wrote in his application letter. "As I did for the six years I served previously, I will take this position most seriously and devote all the time needed to ensure the citizens are appropriately represented."

City administrator Keith Spoelker said that 19 people had applied for the position.

Tatum, who was elected to her second 2-year term in 2016, resigned her seat, citing scheduling conflicts with her graduate studies.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher