Council seeking member

Are you busy the third Monday night of each month?

The City of Warren is looking for a qualified city resident to fill a vacancy on City Council, and is accepting applications for the position.

In a letter dated Jan. 23, council member Christopher Park announced he had purchased a home outside the city limits and would be resigning as a result. The relocation renders Park ineligible to serve as a member of Warren City Council.

Under Warren’s home rule charter, council must appoint a qualified representative to serve until Jan. 1 of the next even-numbered year in the event of a vacancy occurring less than 18 months into a council member’s elected term.

Park’s term would have run until the end of 2015, but, under the charter, an appointee to fill his post will serve until the end of this year. The remainder of Park’s term from Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2015 will be filled by whomever is chosen by the voters during the 2013 elections.

Discussion of appointment to the position was on the agenda at council’s special meeting Monday night, but no appointment was made. As a result, the city announced in a Tuesday press release that letters of intent and resumes of interested individuals are now being accepted.

The city charter stipulates a person must be a registered voter in the city and have been a resident for at least one continuous year prior to serving in order to be eligible for appointment.

Interested residents don’t have much time to express their interest to serve however. As the charter requires council to appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 30 days, the city wants to move quickly on the matter.

Interested individuals can send their letters of intent and resumes to City Manager Nancy Freenock at 318 W. Third Ave., Warren or by e-mail at admin@cityofwarrenpa.gov. All materials must be received by noon on Friday, Feb. 15.

Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5:15 p.m., to appoint an individual to fill the vacancy.

Should council fail to fill the vacancy within 30 days, the Court of Common Pleas can do so following petition of a member of council or of five registered city voters.

Eligible residents wishing to run in the 2013 election for the remainder of Park’s term should contact Warren County Director of Elections Lisa Zuck at 728-3406 or stop in the Warren County Courthouse for information and nominating petitions. The Warren County Commissioners serve as the county board of elections.