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Evansville council to wait for election to fill seat after death of Councilmember Joseph Knop

Joseph Arden Knop

EVANSVILLE, Wyo. — The Evansville Town Council will wait for the upcoming election to fill the seat of its late Councilmember Joseph Knop, who passed away on Sept. 21.

The decision to wait for the election rather than immediately appoint a replacement was made Monday at the city council’s meeting by way of a unanimous vote.

“It’s so close to the election — we’ve only got about another month left — so I would say I’d be in favor of waiting until then and just appointing whoever they elect,” Councilmember Michael Scott said.

“I think that makes a lot of sense, since likely we wouldn’t get somebody through the process by the time the election happens anyway,” mayor Chad Edwards added.

Knop had served as a member of the Evansville Town Council since 2015, but had served the community in several ways for years. He spent years working with the Evansville Fire Department and Public Works Department before joining the city council, and was involved with other boards and organizations as well.

“He was a great asset to our community,” Edwards said after the meeting. “He will be missed.”

Knop had also served as the council president, and the council named Councilmember Candace Machado the new president without dissent.