Council call going unheeded
The City of Molalla has again sent out ads and notices looking for applicants to fill Mayor Keith Swigart's vacant council seat.
When former mayor Jimmy Thompson resigned in mid-February this year, the council spent a month deciding whether member Swigart or council member Leota Childress would become the new mayor. On March 19, Swigart was chosen by the remaining council members.
At the July 24 city council meeting, City Manager Dan Huff gave out a list of questions to the councilors.
"In expectation that we're going to get a flood of applicants for your [city council] vacant seat, think about these questions, draw lines through the questions you don't like and add ones to the ones you do. We can post them on the website," he told council members in hopes of adding someone to the vacant seat.
Through Huff, the city advertised for a new council member, but no one applied.
On July 17, the interim City Recorder Christie DeSantis sent out a notice of the council seat vacancy, which noted the City Council is accepting applications for appointment to the council.
These applications will remain open until the vacancy is filled. They will be accepted online at www.cityofmolalla.com or can be submitted to the City of Molalla—City Recorder at 117 N. Molalla Ave. 97038 by Fax at 503-829-3676.
For more information, contact by phone at 503-829-6855.
The city council is made up of seven members elected in staggered general election years. The mayor is elected independently from the six councilors.
The appointee to city council will be selected by a majority vote from council members and will fill out the remainder of Swigart's councilor term ending in January 2021.
According to Section 33 of the Molalla City Charter:
"A vacancy in the office of mayor or councilor will be filled by a majority of the remaining council members. The term of office for the appointee runs from the appointment until the expiration of the term of office of the last person elected to that office."
The notice is posted at City Hall, the Molalla Library at 201 E 5th St.; the city of Molalla website at htttps://www.cityofmolalla.com; the U.S. Post Office and the July 24 issue of the Molalla Pioneer.
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