Ward 1 Council Vacancy 2022

Ward 1 Council Vacancy 2022

Council Member Ward 1 Suzie Nakasian has submitted a resignation letter from her position effective June 30, 2022. Sections 3.3 and 3.5 of the City Charter govern Council Composition and Election and Vacancies in the Council or in the Office of Mayor as noted below:

Section 3.3. Council Composition and Election.

The council shall be composed of a mayor and six (6) council members who shall be qualified. To qualify for elective office a candidate must be qualified to vote, be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date he or she would assume office, and be a resident of the city and of any ward he or she seeks to represent, or will become a resident therein at least thirty (30) days before the election. If elected, candidates must further qualify for office by taking and filing an oath of office. One (1) council member shall be elected from each of four (4) wards and two (2) council members shall be elected at large. Each council member and the mayor shall serve for a term of four (4) years and until a successor is elected and qualified. Two ward council members and one council member at large shall have terms that expire at the end of each even numbered year. A person who is sworn in as mayor while holding a council seat thereby vacates the council seat.  (Ord. No. 739, § 3.3, 11-6-2000; Ord. No. 781, 3-17-2003)

Section 3.5. Vacancies in the Council or in the Office of Mayor.

An elective office becomes vacant when the person elected or appointed thereto dies before taking office or fails to qualify, or the incumbent dies, resigns in writing filed with the city clerk, fails to attend council meetings for sixty (60) days without just cause, is convicted of a felony, ceases to reside in the city or ward from which elected, or is adjudged incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction. In each such case, the council shall by resolution declare the vacancy to exist and shall forthwith appoint an eligible person to fill the vacancy. If the vacancy occurs between July 1 and December 31, the appointee shall serve until the end of the following year. If the vacancy occurs between January 1 and June 30, the appointee shall serve until the end of the current year. A replacement shall be elected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the year in which the appointment expires. A special election shall be held if no regular municipal election is scheduled for that date. The elected replacement shall serve a full term if the term of the person requiring replacement ends at the end of the year in which the replacement election occurs. Otherwise the elected replacement shall have a shortened term that fills the unexpired part of the term of the person requiring replacement. (Ord. No. 545, § 3.5, 1-2-1990; Ord. No. 739, § 3.5, 11-6-2000; Ord. No. 781, 3-17-2003; Ord. No. 863, 7-9-2007; Ord. No. 938, 8-7-2012, effective 11-5-2012)

Timeline to fill vacancy

The timeline to fill the vacancy was approved at the June 21, 2022 Council Meeting and will be as follows:

Council discussion of vacancy schedule/processJune 21, 2022
Council approves resolution declaring vacancyJune 21, 2022
Council authorizes process for filling the vacancy (interview process, etc.)June 21, 2022
Council publishes notice seeking persons to fill the vacancyJune 29, 2022
Deadline for applicationsJuly 8, 2022 at 11 a.m.
Regular Meeting - Applicant interviews, selection and appointment of memberJuly 12, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Appointee sworn in & seated for second meeting/work session in JulyJuly 19, 2022


Council Vacancy Application Form

Council Vacancy Process

Ward 1 Map

Council Meeting Schedule 2022