Void remains on Wood Village City Council
A chair has remained empty during Wood Village City Council meetings since the start of 2019 after Mayor Tim Clark stepped down for health reasons.
The city's charter details how to fill the empty position, but it doesn't require the seat be filled until the next general election, said Greg Dirks, Wood Village human resources manager, at a City Council meeting on Thursday, March 14.
When a vacancy occurs before an election, councilors are allowed appoint a replacement.
"But there is no mandate to fill the position," Dirks said. "So even if you get a bunch of applications — (and) someone doesn't feel right in your (opinion) — you can leave it open until the 2020 general election."
In the nearly three months that Clark's position has been vacant, only two citizens have submitted applications.
New Wood Village Mayor Scott Harden didn't want to wait until the next election, and instead supported holding off on candidate interviews until more applications are received. Councilors agreed to continue recruiting applicants, setting a deadline of April 30.
Harden noted how many more residents voted for a 2012 state measure — that would have allowed a gambling establishment in Wood Village — than for local councilors. The measure was shot down.
"When the casino measure was on the ballot, about 75 percent of our eligible voters voted on the casino measure," Harden said, "and then later down the ballot with three councilor names on there, only about half of (the voters) made it that far."
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