Applicants sought to fill Phoenix Council Member’s seat

[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is asking residents interested in serving the remainder of City Councilman Greg Stanton’s term to submit a letter of interest and resume to the city clerk by 5 p.m. Feb. 5.  Applicants must be a registered voter and live in District 6, which includes Ahwatukee and the Biltmore and Arcadia neighborhoods.  All applications will be available for public review at the City Clerk’s Office, which will provide copies to council members on Feb. 6.

The council will hold a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 to interview each of the candidates for 10 minutes.  If needed, the process will continue at 2 p.m. that day at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting.  The meetings, open to the public, will be aired live on Phoenix Channel 11 and streamed live on the city’s Web site.  Community members will be allowed to speak about the appointment process or any candidates.  After final interviews, the council will vote to appoint the interim council member.  Any member of the council, including the mayor, may nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy.  The first candidate to receive a majority of votes — five in the case that all council members are present — gets the appointment and would serve out the remainder of Stanton’s term through January 2010.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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