Mayor’s appointment will fill city council vacancy
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
With council member J.D. Reeder’s death last week, Mayor Dwight Coleman will now have the task to appoint his replacement.
City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said state statute spells out the direction cities must take in these instances. She has also been in contact with the city’s legal counsel.
A legal notice is running in this week’s Imperial Republican that notifies the public there is a vacancy on the council, and asks those interested in being appointed to submit an application to the city office.
People applying for consideration must be registered voters and live in the Imperial city limits.
While it’s not required by law, Leyland said the mayor would also like all applicants to list why they are interested in serving on the council.
While the vacancy appears on the April 7 council meeting agenda next week, no action is expected, Leyland said. The agenda item is part of the process of alerting the public, she noted.
She believes the mayor’s appointment could come as early as the April 21 meeting.
The mayor’s appointment must garner a majority vote from the three remaining council members, Leyland said. If it does not, another appointment can be offered at the next regular meeting.
Reeder, who was elected in November 2012, has about two and a half years remaining on his term, which runs through December 2016.