Former longtime Bella Vista Police Chief Jim Wozniak has announced his plans to run for City Council.
Wozniak resigned his position with the Benton County Quorum Court after eight years so he could run for a council spot. State law prevents a person from holding Quorum Court and city government positions at the same time, he said.
Wozniak has a simple reason for wanting a seat on the City Council.
“I’ve been here a long time, seen the good and the bad. The city and Property Owners Association were good to me; it’s time to give back,” Wozniak, who was police chief in Bella Vista from 1995 to 2009, said.
All six council seats will be up for grabs in November as will the mayor’s position and city clerk, Jane Wilms, the current city clerk/treasurer, said.
The position of treasurer will become a mayoral-appointed one in 2011 as approved by the City Council.
There are three wards in Bella Vista with two aldermen positions in each.
Justice of the Peace Kurt Moore said he thinks Wozniak will do a good job if elected.
“I can’t think of a better person for the job,” Moore said Thursday. “Obviously, I do not live in Bella Vista, but if I did, I would vote for him.
“He has some really good training on the Quorum Court. I can’t imagine anything they’d see in Bella Vista that he has not seen on the court.”