Two weeks removed from the April 4 municipal election, the City of Lee's Summit has officially begun the process of filling the District 4 City Council seat previously held by Chris Moreno.
Moreno was recalled in the April 4 election.
Utilizing a process previously used to fill vacant seats, the City will begin accepting applications from residents interested in taking the seat on Monday, April 24. Those interested in the serving as a member of the Council must live in District 4 and meet the requirements for a Council member as defined in the Charter. Specific guidelines, as well as the application, are available in the office of the City Clerk at City Hall.
The filing period will run through Thursday, May 4. After closing this process, candidate information will be passed to the City Council, who along with Mayor Rand Rhoads, will interview candidates before holding a vote to select the next member of the body.
In a release, the City has a tentative date of May 11 set for candidate interviews.
"I guess the good thing about this situation is that we don't need to create a process for this," Rhoads said in a previous interview. "The situations were a little different, but its happened twice before, at least in recent memory. It will take a little bit of time, but we will fill that seat."
Once sworn in, the new Council member will fill the seat for one year, until the next regularly scheduled municipal election. At that time, he or she will need to run in a special election to finish out the remainder of Moreno's original term ending in 2020.