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Boone Town Council Alters Requirements For Vacant Council Seat To Learn More About Applicants

By Mark S. Kenna

Nov. 22, 2013. Boone Town Council agreed Thursday night that applicants for Mayor-Elect Andy Ball’s town council seat must include a letter of interest and resume along with the required two-page application.

Town Attorney Sam Furgiuele suggested that a resume and cover letter be added to the application for Ball’s soon-to-be vacant seat.

Members of council agreed that a letter of interest and a resume would be good supplemental material with an application.

This is an important position, Councilman Alan Scherlen said, adding that council needs to know as much as possible about the individuals applying. 

Last time a council seat needed to be filled mid-term was 2009 when Liz Aycock resigned and was replaced by Jamie Leigh. Applicants for that position only had to fill out the two-page application on the town’s website. Applicants would then speak during public comment.

As of Thursday night, there has been one application for Ball’s seat. That applicant only included the online application.

Ball will be taking the oath of office on Tuesday Dec. 17 during council’s monthly meeting. During that same meeting, council will make their appointment for his vacant seat.

In the past, the chosen applicant joins council in January after the organizational meeting, which is when the members of council select the mayor pro-tem, assign different committee positions and establish a regular schedule.

Deadline for applicants is Dec. 6, two weeks from today, Friday Nov. 22. A public notice for the position will be circulated through media outlets and the town’s website

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