WORTHINGTON – Following the unexpected death of Ward 2 Councilor Mike Harmon, the Worthington City Council is beginning the process of filling the council seat, which will be done by appointment.
In a special session Wednesday, the council discussed the process they will follow after receiving a memo from Mayor Mike Kuhle that states the appointment shall be filled by a majority vote, with Kuhle voting in the event of a tie.
All residents of Ward 2 are being given the opportunity to submit a letter of application to be considered for the seat. The applications are due by March 31, which would allow time for a subcommittee to review the written statements and make a recommendation to the full council. The goal is to hold that vote at the April 12 council meeting.
The subcommittee will consist of Ward 2 Councilor Amy Ernst, At-Large Councilor Chad Cummings, and current members of the nominating committee.
To be eligible for consideration of this appointment, a candidate must be eligible to vote in Minnesota, but at least 21 years of age, and be a resident of Ward 2 for the past 30 days.
Council members receive an annual salary of $6,000 (pro-rated for partial year) and extra meeting(s) compensation of $50.00 per day.
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, in the event a holiday falls on the Monday the meeting would be held on that Tuesday. Council members also serve on subcommittees and will have approximately 6-12 meetings per month.
The letter of application should include a short biography of the person applying, and address topics such as their vision for the future of the city, the city’s role in economic development and other relevant topics to city leadership.
These letters can be submitted to City Clerk Mindy Eggers at City Hall or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.