City Council calls for candidates to fill vacant seat

January 4, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011

The city has laid out the process to fill the open City Council seat left after Maureen McCarry resigned late last month.

Candidates can apply for the post until Feb. 4. The council has scheduled candidate interviews for Feb. 22.

Then, after 10-minute interviews, council members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications. Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings.

The council has set March 7 for the decision to appoint a person to the seat. The person then serves until the next council election.

The upcoming council election is scheduled for November. The victor then serves in the Position 5 spot until Dec. 31, 2013.

City Clerk Tina Eggers, the official handling the applications, has outlined the process for potential applicants. The city has also posted the application on the municipal website.

Qualified candidates must be at least 18 years old, registered to vote and a city resident for at least a year prior to the appointment.

McCarry resigned from the council Dec. 20 as she fights amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The council last appointed a member in 2006, after then-Councilwoman Nancy Davidson resigned and members tapped former Councilman Joe Forkner for the post.

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