ALPENA - The City of Alpena has begun the process to find people interested in filling the two seats vacated on Alpena Municipal Council after the recall of Mike Nunneley and Dave Karschnick. The city has 30 days from the day of the recall to fill the positions and hope to have the new appointment in place to be sworn in before the Dec. 3 council meeting.
Clerk Karen Hebert said she has received a handful of phone calls from people who are interested in filling the available seats, but so far nobody has filled out the application to do so. She said people who want to be considered to be appointed to the board need to contact her office soon.
"We started to receive calls right after the election, so there is interest," she said. "As far as the appointments go the deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon and after we will get all of the information to the council and they will review everything and then we will more than likely have a special meeting the week after Thanksgiving for the council to conduct interviews if necessary."
Interim City Manager Greg Sundin said how the council proceeds will depend on how many candidates for the vacant spots there are. He said the council has agreed that any appointments will have to be approved by all three of the remaining council members.
"There could be more than one special meeting, it depends how many people we get," Sundin said. "If we get a lot of them is the council going to whittle it down to three, four or five they want to interview or not, that is what we are going to have to find out yet. If they do choose to do interviews the council will do them in an open forum though."
Hebert said she has all the information available at her office that people need to be able to run for the council set for the remainder of its current term.
"The people that have shown interest so far seem to be interested in the appointment and running in the election," Hebert said. "Our deadline for the election is Dec. 4 and we will need at least 50 signatures and the person must have lived in the city for a least a year, never been convicted of a felony and be current on all local, state and federal taxes. I have packets made up for people in my office and people can stop by and get one."
Sundin said prior experience on boards with government is not required to be considered for an appointment and he said some of the questions the council may ask are things pertaining to why the interested party wants to be on the board.
Applications for an appointment are available on the city's website or at the clerk's office. Petitions and other information regarding the election process must be picked up at the office.
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