Saturday, October 06, 2018

Filling the Ward III Vacancy

Discussion was held last Tuesday 10/2 at the Council Committee regarding the procedures for filling the open seat in Ward III.  The vacancy was created by the resignation of former Councilmember Justin Adrian who has since been arrested and charged with a felony.

The procedures for filling a vacancy on the council are governed by Charter Ordinance 45 and Policy Statement 71 (click on the links to read them).

This will be on the City Council Agenda for Monday 10/8.  It is listed on the agenda under section "G" as follows:

Consider schedule for Filling Ward 3 Vacancy.
On October 2, 2018, Council Committee voted 6-0 to move forward a schedule to fill the Ward 3 vacancy. The proposed timeline and a Resolution calling for a special election is included.
Recommendation: Consider advertising the Ward 3 vacancy beginning October 10, with consideration of applicants at a special call of the council prior to the Tuesday, November 12, 2018, regular City Council meeting following procedures set out in PS-71, City Council Vacancy Appointment Process.
Recommendation: Consider adopting Resolution No. 1844, calling for a special election on November 5, 2019

Memo and Attachments - Pdf
What this means is that somebody will be appointed to fill the position only until a special election on Nov 5, 2019.  At that time somebody will be elected to finsh the unexpired portion of Mr. Adrian's term.  The individual who is successful in the special election will be sworn in at the next council meeting following the election, whereas council members elected under the normal rotation won't be sworn in until January.
This is the first time that the new procedures for filling a council vacancy are being used.  Strongly urge all who care (even if you don't live in Ward III) to attend this meeting and learn more about how your city functions.