Mayor Art Ward sent an email out to the City Council saying that he's thinking about appointing former Board of Finance member Robert Dunlap to the panel to take the place of Republican Don Soucy.
Dunlap, a fiscal conservative during his stint on the finance board, is Ward's former campaign treasurer.
What's unusual about the choice is that by law Ward can only appoint an independent or Republican to the board this time around.
Dunlap was apparently a registered Democrat until he switched his voter registration this week to unaffiliated, making him eligible for the appointment.
Councilors on both sides of the aisle are concerned. It's not yet clear whether Ward will try to push through the nomination or not.
Update on Friday afternoon: Dunlap's out, Tonon's in
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