The race for a seat on the city council isn’t exactly over. When council vice president Chris Morrow steps into the role of Mayor, he will leave an opening on the council.
Morrow said he’s spent the last week formalizing a process by which to appoint a new council member.
City officials are advertising the position via the city website, and subscribers to the city’s email list also received an email blast advertising the position.
“I’ve asked each of the city council members, if they are so inclined, to recommend someone,” Morrow said.
He also plans to work with the two most senior council members, Larry Fotovich and Kristina Harrison to review applicants and make recommendations.
An application for the position is available online and they will be accepted through the close of business on April 15.
Morrow said he hopes to schedule interviews with finalists for the position and announce the name of his successor on council by April 29.
Council members would then have to formally approve the appointment during the May 6 meeting.
Morrow said since his election on April 2, he’s been contacted by a few people expressing interest in the position.
“I have heard that there are also other people interested,” Morrow said. “Hopefully formalizing the process will encourage those people to put their applications in.”
Currently, the make-up of the council includes two elected members – Morrow and Fotovich; and three appointed members – Harrison, Heath Freeman and Randy Gregorcyk.
After the new council members are seated and Morrow appoints into his current seat, the balance will change to three elected council members – Harrison, Fotovich and Shute; and two appointees – Freeman, and Morrow’s appointment.
Morrow announces appointment process