The Olathe City Council filled one vacancy and created another on Feb. 28.
The council voted unanimously to appoint Ward 3 Councilman Ronald Ryckman to fulfill the remaining term of At-Large Councilman Bob Montgomery.
Montgomery told the council in January he intended step down to focus more of his attention on his other elected duty in the state legislature.
He agreed to stay on until his replacement was named..
Ryckman works in construction services, land development, and real estate.
He has been active as a member of the TLC for Children and Families Board, the Bi-State Commission, the K-10 Association Board and Executive Committee, the K-7 Corridor Review Committee, and the Olathe Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Council.
“It really is an honor to have this opportunity,” Ryckman said of his appointment.
Twelve candidates submitted applications for the at-large position, which expires in April, 2014.
The council will now begin the search for Ryckman’s replacement in the Ward 3 position.
Mayor Michael Copeland said he wants a Ward 3 appointee who “will commit to running for re-election.”
“I think it’s important for the continuity of this council,” Copeland said.
Applications for the vacant position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 30.
The term expires in April, 2013.
Persons interested in applying for the position are asked to visit https://www.olatheks.org/secure/Forms/PubServ.