Callender takes oath for Ward 2, council begins search for Ward 1
Salesha Wilken Claremore Progress
New Ward 2 Claremore Councilman Brian Callender was sworn in Monday during the regular city council meeting.
The council also began the formal process of replacing councilor Brandon Smith who resigned his Ward 1 seat effective Aug. 1.
During the meeting, the council accepted his resignation, allowing them to officially begin the process on filling the vacancy.
Interested parties must submit an application to city clerk Sarah Clark prior to the close of business on Aug. 16, said Mayor Mickey Perry.
The council will review applications and interview applicants at 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 during its regularly scheduled meeting.
Interested citizens can submit a letter of intent with a resume along with the application for the position.
The procedure for filling the vacancy is that the council has the option to appoint someone to fill the position until the next election within 30 days of the vacancy.
“If the vacancy is not filled within 30 days, a special election will be called to fill the position,” according to Claremore City Attorney Matt Ballard.
Applicants will be interviewed during the open session and pending time constraints, the council will vote to fill the vacancy.
Prior to the meeting, applications are reviewed by the city clerk to insure they meet requirements listed in the city charter.
Eligible citizens must be registered voters of the City of Claremore, residents of Ward 3 for no less than 90 days and a resident of the city for not less than six months prior to the filing period.
Council members are compensated for serving their respective capacities at the rate of $50 per meeting, including all regular, special and emergency meeting.
However, such compensation will not exceed the rate of $100 per month according to the city charter. The council votes on a variety of topics including city ordinances, budgets and economic development for the city.
Additionally, the council serves as the governing body for the City of Claremore.
Ward 1 includes the southern boundary of Blue Starr Drive, Southhaven Road as the western border and Claremore Lake as the eastern border of the district. The area continues beyond Blue Starr Drive to include Rogers State University and some adjoining neighborhoods.
Interested citizens are encouraged to verify their ward prior to submitting an application.
For more information about boundaries or the position, visit the city’s website at www.claremorecity.com or call (918) 341-1325.