Hillsboro declares open seat on city council
Former seat of new mayor to be filled in February
Hillsboro's city council just played musical chairs, but there's still one empty seat.
During the council shuffle Jan. 3, when outgoing Mayor Jerry Willey officially passed the reins to former Council President Steve Callaway, who voters elected in November.
Callaway's seat on the council open. The city has said it plans to appoint someone to fill that seat.
Officially declared vacant during its meeting Tuesday, the city council is now accepting applications from interested residents of Ward 3, which encompasses the city's Westside, including downtown and much of the city south of the Tualatin Valley Highway.
Prospective councilors are required to reside in the Ward they intend to represent, and should include in their letter of interest the length of time they've lived in Hillsboro, any relevant service work they've performed in the city (either paid or volunteer), and an explanation of why they're interested in serving the community as a city councilor.
The council will review all submitted applications following the Jan. 20 submission deadline before making an appointment decision at its meeting Feb. 7.
Tuesday was the last night for Councilor Olga Acuna, who was term limited. Acuna was replaced by new Councilor Anthony Martin.
Also on Tuesday, Councilor Darell Lumaco was voted to replace Callaway as council president.
By Travis Loose
Reporter, Hillsboro Tribune
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