VACANT SEAT: Council Wants Short-Term Replacement
The Des Moines City Council is trying to fill a vacant seat and they’re looking for someone who doesn’t want the position for very long.
The vacancy was created when Ward Four Councilman Brian Meyer was elected to fill the District 33 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives.
The Des Moines council plans to appoint Meyer’s replacement. To qualify, “interested candidates must live in Ward IV, and the council`s preference is to select a candidate who does not intend to run for the permanent seat.”
Councilwoman Christine Hensley told the Des Moines Register the appointed interim council member would have an advantage over other candidates if they sought the permanent position.
Current council members don’t want to affect that election.
Potential candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume by November 22. In-person interviews will take place on December 2nd and the new person will be sworn in on December 9th.
An election to fill the position permanently will likely take place in March of next year.