Schasteen Steps Down From City Council
Friday, February 22 2013
City councilor Zac Schasteen will be stepping down from his post next week in order to take a job with the city.
Schasteen accepted the position of senior fire captain with the Department of Public Safety earlier this week, and will start in mid-March. Because city employees are banned from holding office, he'll officially resign his council seat at the February 26 meeting.
Schasteen says it was a tough trade-off, but that he feels he’s accomplished a lot during his three and a half years on council.
“We’ve tackled some major issues. We were able to repave the roads, we’re getting that squared away. We’re working on Ballyhoo Road, we’re working on the water, wastewater treatment plants, we put in a new Carl E. Moses harbor, we got the powerhouse running. We’ve done some pretty amazing things.”
Prior to joining city council, Schasteen was a police officer, and he says this is a return to his emergency service roots.
“Having been a volunteer since 1996, a firefighter and an EMT, my life is in public safety, and [being a fire captain] is just part of my career goals."
City code requires the council to fill Schasteen’s seat within 30 days of his official resignation. The appointee will have to run for reelection in October in order to keep the seat through the end of Schasteen’s term, in 2015.