The Henderson City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to open the application process to those interested in the Ward 2 council seat, which will be vacant when Debra March becomes mayor next month.
March, a member of the council since 2009, will be sworn-in as mayor June 20.
Appointing a replacement will cost the city $165, whereas a special election would cost between $365,000 and $509,000, City Clerk Sabrina Mercadante said.
“Having an appointment by application is so convenient. It’s shamefully transparent,” resident Crystal Hendrickson said during the meeting. “Why don’t you ask the community to elect their representatives?”
The appointment process would name the fourth person — along with March, Marz and Dan Stewart — to the council.
“Right now we’re doing more with less, and I’d rather use the money to fund much-needed city services,” March said.
The Henderson City Council Ward II term expires June 2019.
The council will look through the applications individually and each council member will choose two top applicants. Finalists then will be required to provide a three-minute statement at a special meeting June 15.
Those interested in serving on the council can apply from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22 through 25. Applicants must be a Henderson resident for at least year and a Ward 2 resident for at least 30 days.
The deadline to fill the vacancy is Aug. 19.
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The Henderson City Council voted Tuesday to appoint a member to the Ward 2 seat, which will be left vacant when Debra March is sworn in as mayor next month.
May 22-25: Interest packets will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
May 30- June 5: The council will review packets
June 5: The council will submit nomination of two names per city council member for consideration to city clerk
June 15: Special City Council Meeting at 10 a.m. to interview
Source: City of Henderson