Lifelong Gering Resident Fills City Council Vacancy Posted by Deja Andersen Date: December 26, 2019 2 Views GERING – The Gering City Council has appointed a lifelong city resident to fill a vacancy on the council. Parrish Abel was selected by council vote to serve out the term of Phillip Holliday, who resigned earlier this fall. Former councilman Craig Erdman and former Nebraska State Patrol Captain Jamey Balthazor also applied for the Ward IV seat and Mayor Tony Kaufman says Gering is fortunate to have 3 outstanding candidates willing to serve the community. Kaufman told Rural Radio News “it’s not an easy job to sit behind the desk and be on any governing board that makes decisions that affects others in the community,” adding that “it’srewarding at times, but it’s also very difficult at times.” The council actually voted first on Erdman, but stalemated 3-3. A vote on Abel followed and his appointment was approved 5-1.